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Fiscal Year 


July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005 

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Ch elmsford, Massach usetts 

Quick Facts 

Incorporated May 1655 

Type of Government Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, 

Representative Town Meeting 

County Middlesex 

Land Area 22.54 Square Miles 

Public Road Miles 186.99 

Population 2005 Town Census 32,967 

Median Family Income $82,676 

Tax Rate FY2005 $13.49 (Residential & Commercial) 

Median Home Value FY2005 $334,200 

Median Tax Bill FY2005 $4,508Operating 

Budget FY2005 $86,708,135 

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Table or Contents 


Board of Selectmen 2 

Town Manager's Office 3 

Finance Department 5 

Town Clerk & Registrars 7 


Ghe!msf$d Public Library 
25 Boston Road 


Planning Board 9 

Board of Appeals 9 

Conservation Commission 9 

Historic District Commission 10 


Chelmsford Public Schools 1 1 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School 12 

PUBLIC SAFETY, pp. 13-18 

Police Department 

Fire Department 

Building Department 

PUBLIC WORKS, pp. ,9-21 (^^0^ MA 01824 

Engineering 19 

Highway Division 19 

Sewer Division 20 

Public Buildings 20 

Parks Division 20 

Sewer Commission 20 

Cemetery Commission 20 

Recycling Committee 21 

HUMAN SERVICES, pp. 22-26 

Council on Aging/Senior Center 22 

Veteran Services 23 

Housing Authority 24 

Recreation 24 

Library 25 

Health Department 26 


350th Anniversary Committee 27 

Arts & Technology Education Fund 28 

Historical Commission 29 

Commission on Disabilities 29 

Holiday Decorating Committee 30 

Celebrations Committee 30 






Our 350th Anniversary Logo 

Many have heard of Chelmsford Ginger Ale and Chelmsford Granite, 
but did you know that Chelmsford is famous for its glass too? The 
pitcher in the logo is on display at the Barrett-Byam House on Byam 
Road along with other pitchers and objects made out of Chelmsford 
glass manufactured by Chelmsford Glass Works (1802-1839). 


Meeting Schedules 

Selectmen Every other Monday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

School Committee Every other Tuesday 

Parker School - 7:30 PM 

Planning Board 2nd & 4th Wednesday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Board of Appeals 2nd & 4th Thursday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Conservation Commission 1st & 3rd Tuesday 

Town Offices - 7:30 PM 

Board of Health 1st Monday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Housing Authority 1st Tuesday 

10 Wilson Street - 7:00 PM 

Schedules are subject to change. 

To confirm all meetings, please call the 

Town Clerk's Office at 978-250-5205 

or visit the Town's website at 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 



Board or Selectmen 

Philip Eliopoulos 

Board of Selectmen as of April 2005, L-R: Vice Chairman William Dallon. Samuel 
Chase, Chairman Philip Eliopoulos. Thomas Newcomb ami Michael McCall 

1 his year, the Town of Chelmsford is celebrating its 350"' birthday. I want 
to begin by wishing all of the residents of the Town of Chelmsford a happy 
and healthy celebration of this auspicious occasion. Many people took 
part in the celebrations throughout the year and the sense of community 
was warmly felt in the many festivities that marked this ongoing event. I 
want to extend a sincere appreciation for those residents mat helped plan 
the 350"' events. Your hard work and efforts was enjoyed by all. Further- 
more, without the many donations from individual and businesses in our 
community, this celebration would not have been possible. 

I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Mayor of Chelmsford, 
England for honoring us with his presence during the Black Tie Bali and 
birthday cake celebration. Your country is not only our greatest ally, but 
also is truest friend, and for that we are thankful. I have always believed 
that we live in one of the finest towns in the Commonwealth. The most 
memorable and familiar quote "there is no place like home" resonates with 
heart warming truth. So, happy birthday Chelmsford, and may you con- 
tinue to shine for generations to come. 

Fiscal year 2005 was an active and productive period for the Town of 
Chelmsford. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some notable 
accomplishments and update you on some of the activities of the Board of 
Selectmen. With a state grant of over $1.5 million we completed the signal- 
ization of Chelmsford Center and are now ready to focus our efforts on the 
depression of the utilities as well as continued beatification efforts. With 
the completion of this project, we have made significant strides in improv- 
ing the flow of traffic in and around the center of town as well as signifi- 
cantly improved pedestrian safety. 

This past year also marked the opening of three lanes on the newly de- 
signed Route 3 highway. This project has lead to a significant decrease in 
commuter traffic in and around our community. Furthennore, the newly 

designed highway will continue to insure the economic viability of our 
region for years to come. Although this project has had many successes, 
one area where it has fallen short is in protecting our residents that live 
along the highway. The entire Board of Selectman, as well as the Town 
Manager, continues to champion additional sound barriers and other means 
of relief for these residents. Through the efforts of the Board and the Town 
Manager, we did receive approval for an additional sound barrier for the 
McFarlin Road neighborhood scheduled to be constructed this year. 

Improvements to our school facilities remain a major focus during FY06 
with the implementation of this project In April 2004, the Town approved 
a $3 1 million school renovation proposal for a debt exemption The project 
includes renovations to McCarthy and Parker Middle schools to create 
better classroom and library space. At the High School, science labs will be 
re-built and expanded as school administration central office vacates space 
and moves into the old police station. Furthennore, an auditorium will be 
built and added onto the existing structure. The committee that was estab- 
lished and appointed to execute this program has worked diligently to keep 
the project on schedule and under budget. The project is expected to be 
completed by the fall of 2007. 

The Board of Selectmen also welcomed its newest member, Samuel Chase, 
following the April 2005 election. Sam originally served on the Town of 
Chelmsford's Finance Committee. His experience and expertise in budget 
matters has already proved to be a valuable asset to the town as well as the 
entire Board of Selectman. I have truly enjoyed his addition to the board. 
A special thank you is extended from the entire board to Stewart Weisfeldt 
for his service to the Town as a member of the Board of Selectmen. 

I believe the goal of the Board of Selectman going forward should be the 
continued progress on our town's future. We will continue to use our 
experience to assist the town through this period of economic difficulty. 
With fiscal restraint, we will continue to maintain our superb bond rating, a 
critical objective especially in light of the slow down in the economy and 
cuts in state aid. We will continue to lobby the Commonwealth for in- 
creases in local aid, especially in light of recent surpluses in state revenue. 
We will work towards the completion of the Center Signalization and Beau- 
tification project and will continue to dedicate ourselves as the town's 
advocates on the Route 3 widening Project both of which will have pro- 
found impacts on our town's future. 

In closing, I want to express my sincere thank you to our Town Manager, 
Bemie Lynch and all of our employees who serve the public every day with 
professionalism and dedication. I would also be remiss if I did not extend 
my appreciation to all of the residents that serve on the many town boards 
and committees. It is through all of your combined efforts that the town of 
Chelmsford remains on of the finest communities in the Commonwealth. I 
feel truly blessed to have the privilege of being one of your Selectman and 
will continue to represent the town with dedication, commitment and integ- 
rity at all times. 

Sincerely, Philip Ehopoubs 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

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To wn Manager 

Bernard Lynch 
Town Manager 

Fiscal Year 2004 was once again 
a period of challenges due to 
limited financial resources and 
the continually rising costs re- 
quired to deliver expected ser- 
vices. It was also a period of 
tackling major issues that affect 
the Town and its government. 
I will try to outline and describe 
these issues and the chal- 
lenges confronted between 
July 1st 2004 and June 30th 

The last half of the fiscal year 
covered by this report was also the beginning of Chelmsford's 
350"' Anniversary Year. All of 2005 was planned with a series of 
events that would provide us with opportunities to join together 
as a community, to celebrate the Town's achievements, to consider 
how we have grown and changed, and to look forward to a future 
of further endeavors. From January to June the Celebration in- 
cluded an opening ceremony of music and poetry which was coor- 
dinated by the clergy of the town and offered an opportunity for 
reflection and recognition of Town's diversity and sense of com- 
munity. A special weekend Winterfest in February provided social 
activities and highlighted the Town's recreation and open spaces 
as well as various cultural assets. In May the Town celebrated the 
official incorporation with a Black Tie Ball at the Library and a 
Birthday Ceremony on the Town Common which was attended by 
several hundred people. Our guest of honor was the Mayor Duncan 
Lumley and his wife Edna the Mayoress of Chelmsford, England. 

While these were the major events, there were numerous smaller 
events throughout the first six months of 2005 which highlighted 
the history and culture of Chelmsford. I expect that the second half 
of the year should be equally successful. 

The 350"' Celebration was a positive backdrop to the more difficult 
challenges faced by the Town during the fiscal year. Once again, 
the Town's finances were stretched as the rate of increasing costs 
exceeded revenue growth. Through careful management and good 
financial planning during the more prosperous 1990's, the Town 
was once again able to maintain services and provide a balanced 
budget. However, the Town's flexibility in achieving these goals is 
lessening with each year. 

Unfortunately, various one-time revenues, which were identified 

as such in the preparation of budgets, are disappearing. The Town's 
reserves have been managed to prevent total exhaustion but they 
have not been able to be grown at a more desirable rate. There was 
little new development to produce local tax revenues; and state aid 
to the Town was essentially flat to the prior year. Simultaneously, 
employee benefit costs have continued to increase at rates which 
use most of the allowable increases in local revenue. It is likely that 
FY07 will be the year in which these increases and the limited growth 
in revenue reach a point in which new revenues must be found or 
serious service cuts implemented. In the meantime the Town ad- 
ministration continued to seek savings in numerous areas includ- 
ing utilities, the disposal of solid waste and organizational consoli- 
dations. The Town also sought to increase revenues where pos- 
sible including fees and interest on investments to help cover some 
of the increasing costs. We also lobbied the State for increased 
resources and changes in statutes so as to provide greater flexibil- 
ity in local management. Unfortunately, these modifications are 
minor in the scope of the fiscal challenges facing the Town. 

In the area of finances the year also saw the departure of two long- 
time members of the financial management team, Finance Director 
Charles Mansfield and Town Accountant Jean Sullivan. We were 
very fortunate to quickly fill these positions with two extremely 
capable and well respected experienced professionals that bring 
new skills and perspectives to the Town: Kerry Speidel as Finance 
Director and Sheryl Wright as Town Accountant. 

One aspect of the current economy has been rapidly increasing 
residential values and relatively stable commercial values. The ef- 
fect of this trend was a significant shift in tax burden to the resi- 
dential sector with average tax bills increasing by 6-8% per year. 
Accordingly, a major focus of the year was analyzing the manner in 
which commercial values are ascertained to insure there was eq- 
uity in such values. The work in this area was initially conducted 
by the Tax Classification Committee but subsequently undertaken 
by the Board of Selectmen and the Town administration staff. The 
final work in this area should be completed in FY06. 

School facilities remained a major focus during FY05 with the con- 
tinuation of ongoing efforts in the elementary schools and the 
beginning of the implementation of the $3 1 million secondary school 
project that was approved in FY04. The School Building Commit- 
tee was appointed to carry out this project beginning with the 
selection of an architect and project manager. 

By December of 2004 both selections were made with Flansburgh 
Architectural and Turner Construction. Work began immediately 
on the design and specification for improvements to McCarthy 
Middle, Parker Middle and the High School. Components of the 

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To wn Manager 

overall project including heating systems, window replacements 
and roof work are scheduled to be underway in the summer of 
2005. The more major elements including the High School audi- 
torium and science wing, and the middle school libraries are 
scheduled to begin in early 2006. 

The maintenance of the Town's facilities was also a point of 
attention during FY05 with the establishment of a consolidated 
Public Facilities Department that is responsible for the mainte- 
nance of all public buildings and grounds. This approach is 
intended to improve the overall management of these public 
assets so as to proactively protect and improve the Town's 
investment in these facilities. It is anticipated that savings will 
also be achieved through expected economies of scale in the 
use of manpower, equipment and procurement. 

Despite the lack of major new private developments the Town is 
experiencing some growth and continued effects of prior devel- 
opments. Specifically during FY05 the Town continued to expe- 
rience a boom in the area of multi-family affordable housing 
developments built under the state's Comprehensive Permit Law 
(Chapter40B). These projects are built outside of the Town's 
zoning by-law and require extensive staff review and implemen- 
tation. With these projects the Town has witnessed more densely 
developed pieces of sensitive land than would ordinarily occur. 

The Town also continues to experience traffic issues as a result 
of prior and ongoing developments, cut-through traffic and 
societal trends to more vehicles per household. Some of this 
problem has been rectified by the opening of a widened Route 3 
which keeps more motorists on the highway as opposed to us- 
ing secondary roadways. Likewise, traffic changes in 
Chelmsford Center in late FY04 have brought greater control to 
the use of this intersection. Future signals on North Road should 
further contribute to better mitigation of traffic impacts within 
the Town. However, speeding and high volumes of traffic on 
cut-through roads was determined to be an ongoing problem 
that required attention. Accordingly, the staff prepared and the 
Selectmen approved a Traffic Calming Policy in FY05 to govern 
the process of considering alternative means of traffic controls. 
The policy will likely be implemented in FY06 and reviewed for 
modification. However, it remains a viable means of addressing 
an identified quality of life issue within the Town. 

Finally, another area of attention in FY05 was a review of the 
Town's governmental structure as set forth in the Chelmsford 
Home Rule Charter. Adopted in 1 989, the Charter has been con- 
sidered for amending on seventeen occasions with actual 
changes seven times. After nearly sixteen years and after a 

couple of failed efforts to consider the election of a Charter 
Commission, the Selectmen asked me to appoint a review 
committee to conduct an analysis of the document to insure 
that it is meeting the needs of the Town in providing effi- 
cient and accountable government with opportunities for 
participation. A committee was appointed in June of 2005 
with a report expected in January of 2006. 

As always, I want to thank the members of the Board of 
Selectmen for their direction and support during the year 
including Sam Chase, Bill Dalton, Philip Eliopoulos, Michael 
McCall, Thomas Newcomb and Stuart Weisfeldt. I also want 
to recognize and thank the Department managers and town 
employees for their dedication and efforts. In particular, I 
want to thank the staff of the Executive Office, which has 
included Marian Currier, Donna Mcintosh, Janet Murphy 
and Jeanne Parziale. 

In closing, let me thank all of the citizens of Chelmsford for 
the opportunity to work on your behalf as your Town Man- 
ager. I look forward to continuing the direction in which we 
are heading to make Chelmsford an even better community. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

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Finance Department 

Kerry Spiedel 

Finance Manager/Treasurer-Collector 

The town's financial position has tightened following four 
consecutive years of operating deficits and a drawdown of 
reserves in fiscal 2004. Fund balance levels, however, remain 
adequate. The town closed fiscal 2004 with a $1 million operating 
deficit. Although the unreserved general fund balance remained at 
$3 million, or close to 4% of expenditures, total fund equity was 
reduced by $1 million as part of a budgeted draw down for 

The town also reduced its stabilization fund by roughly $2.5 
million, which was dedicated for debt service expenditures. The 
stabilization fund, which can be used for any legal purpose, closed 
the fiscal year with a $4.4 million balance, or 5% of expenditures. 
The Town's fund balance policy is to maintain the stabilization 
fund between 5% and 10% of operating expenditures. For the 
three fiscal years before 2004. the town's stabilization fund 
maintained an average balance equal to 9% of expenditures. 

The town's total available reserves in fiscal 2004 were an adequate 
8.5%; this however, was the first time the town's total reserves 
declined below 10% of expenditures since fiscal 1997. reflecting a 
reduction in flexibility. The town's use of reserves for operations 
is in response to a non school state aid decline of nearly $4 million 
in fiscal 2004, as well as double-digit growth in employee health 
and pension benefits that now account for 1 1% of the general fund 

Due to employment opportunities in and outside the town, unem- 
ployment has been historically below commonwealth and national 
levels; currently, unemployment is 4.5%. Assessed Valuation ( AV) 
has been experiencing strong growth; AV grew by an average of 
12% annually since 1998 to more than $4.2 billion in fiscal 2004, 
which brought AV to a very high $ 1 1 5,000 per capita. The property 
tax base is diverse. The 10 leading taxpayers account for just 4.2% 
of total AV. Wealth and income levels are high. Median household 
effective buying income is at 139% of the commonwealth's 
average and 174% of the nation's average. 

The town's debt profile is neutral. The overall debt burden is a 
moderate $2,171 per capital but a low 1.6% of market value. Debt 
service expenditures are moderate, and they accounted for 12% of 
total expenditures in fiscal 2004. Amortization of existing debt is 
rapid with 65% of principal being retired over 10 years. 

The town is rated AA by Standard & Poor's, a municipal bond 
rating agency. 

The town has continued to maintain its solid financial position, 
despite the tough economic times it has faced. A solid financial 
position is the result of preparation and adherence to a five-year 
financial forecast and strategic plan. These plans address operat- 
ing costs, debt, facility needs and financial reserves. 

Assessing Division 

The Board of Assessors is responsible for the full and fair market 
valuation of the approximate 13,900 real and personal property 
parcels within the community as of January 1 st of the fiscal year. 
Members of the Board of Assessor's in FY 2005 included the Town's 
Chief Assessor Frank Reen and Ms. Diane M. Phillips. 

Fiscal 2004 was the tri-annual revaluation year for the town as 
mandated by the Department of Revenue. Valuations on single 
family homes increased 13 to 15% while condominiums and multi- 
family homes rose slightly higher. In recent years it has been the 
policy of the Assessors to review the valuations annually in order 
to maintain accurate and current assessments. The tax rate for the 
fiscal year increased to $ 1 3 .49 from the previous fiscal year of $ 1 3 . 1 3 . 
The real estate valuations through CY2004 still showed signs of 
appreciation however not as robust as in the past three years. 

In addition, the Board is responsible for the administration and 
abatement of the approximate 30,000 excise bills that are issued 
through several commitments annually by the Registry of Motor 

The Board wishes to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the 
Assessor's office for all their hard work and dedication through 
the year. As previously mentioned FY04 was a revaluation year for 
the town, requiring additional work while still maintaining the 
excellent service the public has come to expect. Particular thanks 
go to Nancy Maher, Elaine McBride and Kathryn Bianchi, all of 
whom are invaluable. The Board also wishes to acknowledge and 
thank Elaine Myers for her years of service to the town. 
Mrs. Myers retired in June 2005. 

Accounting/Annual Audit 

The Accounting Division is responsible for record keeping of all 
financial transactions of the Town; processing of all bills, 
warrants, receipts, payroll and ledgers; and supplies departments 
with financial reports and payroll information. 

The Accounting Division ensures the Town is in compliance with 
Generally Accepted Accounting Principals, Federal and State laws, 
and Town Meeting authorizations. 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 


Finance Department 

In accordance with Section 6-7 of the Town Charter, the Board of 
Selectmen annually designated an independent public accountant 
or firm of accountants to audit the books and accounts of the town 
as provided for in Massachusetts General Laws. This requirement 
was completed in Fiscal 2004 by R. E. Brown & Company, P. C. of 
Mendon, Massachusetts. 

Presented below, as generated from the annual audit, is the 
Combined Balance Sheet for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2004. 

For a complete explanation of the Town's fund structure and how it 
differs from the "budgetary basis" presented above, readers may 
refer to Appendix C of the annual budget document. 

In the coming year, the Finance Department will continue to pro- 
mote the highest degree of public credibility and confidence in its 
operations by fostering fiscal accountability, efficiency, and integ- 
rity in all aspects of operations. 


JUNE 30. 2004 















$ 3,533,225 

S 483,527 








$ 7,666,407 $ 






















































1 .646,948 





















$ 4.759,855 

$ 485.387 

$ 7,666.407 

$ 85.228.373 







$ 122,892 

$ 25,000 

$ 49,618 $ 





































2 7!.' 442 


798.238 85.228,373 














































$ 4.759.855 

$ 485,387 

$ 7,666,407 $ 85.228,373 



2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

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To wn Clerk & Registrars 

Elizabeth L. Delaney 
Town Clerk 

The year 2004 was what is referred to among Town Clerks as an 
"election year." Beginning on March 2 " d with the Presidential Pri- 
mary and ending with the November 2 nd Presidential Election. In 
between there was the Annual Town Election of April 6 the An- 
nual Town Meeting of April 26 th and a Special Town Meeting on 
April 29 th and June 30 th . Then there was the September 14 th State 
Primary followed with the Annual October 1 8 th Town Meeting. 

The State created new election laws in order to meet the guidelines 
set forth by the Federal Government called The Help America Vote 
Act. These changes and laws were complied with in time for the 
November election. 

In between elections and town meetings, the office services the 

public daily by giving out vital records, licenses and a wealth 
of information. 

Special thanks to my assistant Raymonde Legrand and staff 
members Bernadette Gilet, Mary Jane Comeau. Thanks also to all 
the election and census workers for assisting this office 
throughout the year. 


Births (Inc) 386 

Deaths 305 

Marriages 159 

Intentions 156 

Sporting Licenses 458 

Dog Licenses 3036 

Kennel Licenses 4 

Population 32,967 

Registered Voters 20,601 


Judith A. Olsson, Chairman 

Matthew G. Dulchinos 

Shaun F. Saber 

Elizabeth L. Delaney, Ex Officio 

Voting Strength as of December 31, 2004 Enrolled Voters 
























































Inter. 3rd Party 



























Greenparty USA 




















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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Community Development 

Andrew Sheehan 

Community Development Coordinator 

Fiscal Year 2005 saw a continuation of activity in the Commu- 
nity Development Department. The three-person department 
staffs the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and 
Zoning Board of Appeals. The Department is also responsible 
for managing community and economic development projects, 
grant administration, coordinating improvements to conserva- 
tion lands, and interfacing with residents, developers, and other 
municipal staff. 

The department continued to develop the Town's Geographic 
Information System (GIS). Working with a consultant, the De- 
partment is developing data layers for the GIS. These data lay- 
ers comprise the graphical features of the GIS. Data include 
zoning, wetlands, floodplains. and aquifer protection areas. The 
Department wrapped up the photogrammetry project begun in 
April 2004. The photogrammetry plotted all the physical 
features in Town, including roads, sidewalks, utility poles, man- 
hole covers, catch basins, waterways, buildings, and parking 
lots, as well as the topography of the Town. The photogramme- 
try will be the foundation for our ongoing GIS development and 
refinement. The Town's GIS manager is Trillium Levine, who is 
also the Conservation Agent and Board of Appeals Administra- 

The Department provides project management for the Central 
Square Utility Conversion Project, in which all overhead utili- 
ties will be placed underground. This project was initiated in 
1999 with the passage of a bylaw by Town Meeting. The 
Department works with the utility companies (Massachusetts 
Electric, Verizon, and Comcast) to coordinate the preparation of 
the construction plans, acquire easements from private 
property owners, and as a point of contact with residents, 
businesses, and others. The engineering design of the project 
was completed in 2005 and it is expected that construction will 
commence late 2005 or early 2006. 

The Department coordinates the local effort to construct the 
Bruce N. Freeman Bike Path. The Path will run from the Lowell/ 
Chelmsford line, through the center of Chelmsford, roughly 
parallel to Route 27, through South Chelmsford Center, into 
Westford, and terminating at Route 225 at the Westford/Carlisle 

town line. The Massachusetts Highway Department, the project 
sponsor, put the project out to bid in 2004. It was expected that 
a contract would have been executed in 2005 to allow for 
commencement of construction in 2005. However, a last minute 
design change resulted in a postponement. Construction is now 
expected to begin in 2006 or 2007. The project has a two year 
construction schedule. Meantime, groups in Acton and Con- 
cord are working to extend the trail to the south. Eventually, it is 
hoped the trail will go all the way to Sudbury. 

The Department worked with a number of Eagle Scout and Gold 
Scout candidates. The projects these young people did made 
improvements to various conservation lands. These volunteers 
are the primary source of labor for maintaining and improving 
conservation lands. 

The Department provides primary staff support to the Board of 
Appeals for the review of affordable housing projects proposed 
under General Law c. 40B. These projects, in which the Board of 
Appeals can waive any local regulations for projects which set 
aside a portion of housing units as affordable (usually 20-25%), 
consume an enormous amount of staff and Board time. Commu- 
nity Development Staff reviews the projects for completeness, 
coordinates the review by other municipal departments, advises 
the Board, interfaces with the developers and residents, and 
prepares the final decisions for the Board. Six new 40B projects 
emerged in FY2005, while several other projects moved into the 
construction and occupancy stages. 

The Department also staffed the Affordable Housing Master 
Plan Committee. The Committee was created to prepare an af- 
fordable housing master plan to be submitted to the State for 
approval. Once approved, an affordable housing plan gives 
communities greater control in dealing with affordable housing 
projects proposed under Massachusetts G. L. c. 40B. In the past 
five years 15 Chapter 40B projects have been submitted to the 
Town. As discussed above, the review of these projects takes a 
great deal of Community Development staff time. When a com- 
munity reaches the State-mandated affordable housing produc- 
tion goals it can get a respite from further 40B projects. 

In FY05. the Community Development Department staff included 
Andrew Sheehan, Community Development Coordinator, Tril- 
lium Levine, Conservation Agent & GIS Manager, and Kellie 
Hebert, Community Development Principal Clerk. 

Chelmsford l s 350th Anniversary 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 8 

Community Development 

Planning Board 

The elected Planning Board is responsible for insuring that the 
development of land in Chelmsford meets the criteria set forth in 
state and local land use regulations. The process involves the 
review of lot divisions, definitive and preliminary subdivisions, 
site plans, and special permits. The Planning Board strives to 
maintain the character of Chelmsford and enforce the provisions of 
the 1997 Master Plan. 


Site Plans 9 

Minor Site Plans 7 

Approval Not Required Plans 16 

Definitive Subdivisions - 10 lots 5 

Paper Street Construction Project 1 

Decision Remand 1 

Scenic Road Public Hearing 1 

In FY2005, the Planning Board reviewed 40 applications, including 
site plan reviews of Sovereign Bank, High Tech Machinists, Com- 
munity Tree Service, Blake Memorial Funeral Home, Worker's Credit 
Union, Applebee's Restaurant, Chelmsford Church of Christ and 
an Industrial Condominium at 12 1 Riverneck Road. 

April 2005 Town Election, Member Robert Morse was reelected to 
the Planning Board. The Board welcomed new Member Ann 
McGuigan and a new Alternate Member George Zaharoolis. After 
6 years of public service on the Planning Board, 2004 Chairman 
Christopher Garrahan chose not to pursue reelection. Also depart- 
ing was Alternate Member Michael Pacitto who had served on the 
Board since April 2003. 

Planning Board as of April 2005. Top L-R: Robert Morse Alternate George Zaharoolis, 
Susan Carter Sullivan, Robert Joyce, Ann McGuigan. Bottom L-R: Vice Chairman 
Charles Wojtas. Chairman James Good. Clerk Pamela Armstrong. 

B oard or A 

pp eals 

The Board of Appeals hears petitions for variances, special permits, com- 
prehensive permits, and appeals of the Building Inspector's rulings. 

Staff support for the Board of Appeals includes Community Devel- 
opment Coordinator Andrew Sheehan, AICP and Trillium Levine, 
Community Development Clerk. Members of the Board of Appeals 
include Chairman John Blake, Vice Chairman Eileen Duffy, Mem- 
bers John Coppinger, Ronald Pare, William Gilet and Alternate 
Members Joel Luna, Len Richards and Judy Tavano. The Board 
recognized 20 years of service by member Gustave Fallgren. In 
2005, William Gilet, who had served as an alternate for several years, 
was appointed as a full member of the Board, and Joel Luna was 
appointed as an Alternate Member. 

In FY2005, the Board considered 50 applications for variances and 
special permits. The Board granted 29 variances and 12 special 
permits; and denied 7 variances and 1 special permit. The Board 
also reviewed various comprehensive permit applications filed under 
Chapter 40B. Two comprehensive permits were approved during 
the fiscal year and two were monitored for progress while under 
construction. Two projects were approved and then appealed to 
the courts. Hearings were opened on two new comprehensive 
permit projects. The Town's percentage of affordable housing 
units increased from 4.8 1% to 5.4%. 

Conservation Commission 

In FY2005, the Conservation Commission continued to make progress in 
the area of land management. The entrance to the Lime Quarry parking lot 
on Littleton Road was reconstructed and landscaped, thanks to a donation 
of labor and materials from Emanouil Brothers Landscaping. 

Eagle Scouts Ben Westcott and Jeremy Williams planned and executed 
projects at the George B.B. Wright Reservation. Ben Westcott constructed 
a new trail linking a secondary entrance on Parker Road to and area of old 
ruins. Jeremy Williams rebuilt bridges and widened and improved an exist- 
ing trail from the Parker Road Parking Lot. 

The Commission also undertook a timber harvest in a portion of the Thanks- 
giving Forest off Janet Road. This logging operation involved selective 
removal of trees; placement of permanent erosion control dams; and im- 
proved access to the Forest. The increased sunlight that will enter the 
forest through the opened canopy is expected to significantly improve the 
overall health of the Forest. 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Community Development 

Conservation Commission, cont. 

The Town's GIS capabilities continue to expand and a web-based viewer is 
now available to the public and town departments. Mr. Trillium Levine was 
appointed GIS Coordinator. The work for an expanded Conservation Com- 
mission Website continues. The website will include maps, history and 
other information on Commission properties. 

As has been the case for several decades, the majority of the Con- 
servation Commission's time was devoted to wetlands protection. 
The Commission also continues to monitor the widening of Route 
3, the town-wide sewer project, and other construction projects. In 
FY 2005, the Commission reviewed a total of 64 permit applications 
under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Chelmsford 
Wetlands Bylaw. Of these applications, 21 were Notices of Intent 
and 4 1 were Requests for Determination of Applicability. 


Requests for Determination 41 

Notices of Intent 21 

Denials 2 


Members of the Commission include Chairman Brian Reidy. Vice 
Chairman Caroline Hampton, William R. (Bob) Greenwood, William 
Vines, Tony Omobono, Ruth Luna, Town Planner Andrew Sheehan 
and Town Conservation Agent Trillium Levine. 

Community Preservation Committee 

The Community Preservation Committee is responsible for making recom- 
mendations to Town Meeting on expenditures from the Town's Commu- 
nity Preservation Fund. The fund, comprised of a '/:% property tax sur- 
charge (after a $ 1 00,000 property value exemption (raised approximately 
$215,000 in FY05. This amount will be 100% matched by State co-funding. 
The fund is used for Open Space Preservation, Historic Preservation, and 
Affordable Housing projects as allowed by the State's Community Preser- 
vation Act. The following Preservation Committee Projects were funded at 
the April 2005 Town Meeting: 

Affordable Housing: 

• $27,700 for water service permitting fees for the 50 Unit Senior Hous- 
ing at 20 Sheila Avenue as requested by Chelmsford Housing Authority. 

Historic Preservation: 

• $50,000 for the preservation of the "Hill Jock" House as requested by the 
Garrison House Association 

• $5,375 for Forefathers Burial Ground Headstone Preservation as requested 
by the Chelmsford Cemetery Commission. 

The CPC extends its sincere appreciation to Bob Hall for his five years of 
service to the Committee as a Citizen Appointee, and to Bill Vines for his 
four plus years as the Conservation Commission Representative. We 
welcome new members Ruth Luna & Donna Newcomb to the CPC. 

Pictured above: Tlie Cranberry Bogs as photographed for the on-line Conservation 
Commission Picture Galleiy. 

Historic District Commission 

The Historic District Commission functions as a regulatory com- 
mission for the benefit of the Town. A small area of the Town's 
center section is under the Commission's authority. The objective 
of the Historic District Commission is to provide an expeditious 
application and review relative to the physical modifications to the 
residences and businesses within the District. 

Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 
the Town Offices. Members include Chairman Kathleen Howe, 
Vice Chairman Richard Burkinshaw, Cynthia Acheson, Jack Handley, 
Brenda Lovering, Alternate Dennis Ready and Clerk Debra Belden. 

During fiscal year 2005, the Commission received thirteen applica- 
tions for review and thirteen applications were accepted. Thirteen 
public hearings were waived. Four Certificates of Appropriateness 
and nine Certificates of Non-Applicability were issued. 


Chairman Robert Morse, Planning Board 

Vice Chairman Michael McCall, Board of Selectmen 

Clerk Linda Prescott, Historic Commission 

David Hedison, Chelmsford Housing Authority 

Ruth Luna, Conservation Commission 

James Pearson, Public Works Director 

Andrew Sheehan, Community Development Coordinator 

Rebecca Markey, Citizen Appointee 

Bob Hall, Citizen Appointee 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 10 

Public Education 

Chelmsiord Public Schools 

Richard H Moser, Ph.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

The membership of the Chelmsford School Committee at the end of 
the 2005 calendar year included Mr. Angie Taranto Chair; Mrs. Evelyn 
Thoren. Vice Chair; Mr. Kevin Porter, Secretary; Mrs. Sheila Pichette, 
Member at Large; Mr. Tom Mills Member at Large; and Ryan Donaher, 
Student Representative. Central administration for the Chelmsford 
School Department included Dr. Richard Moser, Superintendent of 
Schools; Dr. Karen Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum 
and Instruction; Mr. Robert Cruickshank, Business Manager; Mrs. 
Dory Toppan, Director of Personnel; and Mr. Bruce Forster, Director 
of Educational Technology and Information Services. 

The most salient issue for 2004 was again a continued focus on the 
secondary schools facilities projects. A Building Committee was 
formed to facilitate all projects at Parker Middle School, McCarthy 
Middle School, and Chelmsford High School. The initial tasks of 
the Building Committee were to develop a schematic design for all 
three schools, construction documents, and a timeline for imple- 
mentation. The major goal has been to complete all planning ac- 
tivities within a budget of $3 1 ,000,000. Construction is scheduled 
to begin in the fall of the 2005-06 school year. 

A related issue has been the relocation of Central Administration 
to the Old Police Station on North Road. A decision was reached to 
renovate the existing building and construct a modest addition to 
accommodate all space needs for the work of Central Administra- 
tion. Relocation of Central Administration has been a top priority 
in an effort to provide additional classroom space at CHS for new 
science classrooms 

A second issue important to the future of the Chelmsford Public 
Schools is our increasing enrollment. Illustrated below for this re- 
port is a chart detailing our actual K-l 2 enrollment for FY 04 and 
FY 05, and projected enrollment for FY 06. 

While enrollment is increasing at a modest pace system-wide, the increase 
at Chelmsford High School will further stress the use of the facility. 

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School Committee Members, Top L-R: Angela J. Taranto, Kevin Porter, Vice Chair 
Thomas E. Mills, Bottom L-R: Secretary Katherine Duffelt, Chaireman Evelyn S. 
Thoren. Sealed last is Schools Superintendent Richard H. Moser, PhD. 

A final issue worthy of attention includes the status of our current 
and future budgets. Declining local resources, coupled with mini- 
mum Chapter 70 increases has resulted budgetary increase for FY 
06 of approximately $800,000. With annual fixed cost increases of 
approximately $200,000,000, the Chelmsford School Department will 
need to manage budgetary shortfalls for FY 06, FY 07 and beyond. 

The Members of the Chelmsford School Committee include Chair- 
man Evelyn S. Thoren, Vice Chair Thomas E. Mills, Secretary 
Katherine Duffett, Angelo J. Taranto and Kevin Porter. The Com- 
mittee continues to commit to the mission of our school system for 
all students "to cultivate the development of students into self- 
confident, lifelong learners and responsible citizens who possess 
personal integrity and the ability to succeed in a global society." 

The Chelmsford School Committee welcomes input from our com- 
munity on school programs and looks forward to a positive future 
for our school district. 



FY 04 

FY 05 

FY 06 





















The mission of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to 

cultivate the development of students into 

educated, self-confident, lifelong learners and 

responsible citizens who possess personal integrity 

and the ability to succeed in a global society. 

Page 11 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Public Education 

Nashoha Valley Technical High School 

Judith L. Klimkiewicz, Ph.D. 
NASHOBA Superintendent 

Nashoba is proud to announce that TV MediaProduction/The- 
atre Arts is the newest program for the 2005/06 school year. 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School is a regional technical 
high school established in 1969 to serve high school-aged stu- 
dents grades 9-12. With a mission to provide the highest 
quality academic and technical education possible to prepare 
our students for their future success in a technology world, 
Nashoba has earned an impressive reputation for producing 
community leaders as well as providing community service. 

With an enrollment of approximately 600 students from seven 
communities, Nashoba Valley Technical High School offers ca- 
reer preparation in 20 technical programs including-but not lim- 
ited to - pre-engineering, electronics/robotics, dental assist- 
ing, cosmetology, and TV media production/theatre arts. 

Chelmsford representatives on the Nashoba School Committee 
include: Samuel Poulten, Secretary, Robert Joyce, Ralph 
Hulslander and Alternate Donald Ayer. 

Special Academic Programs 

Honors and college preparatory courses are available in all core 
subjects. Foreign language is offered all four years for college 
bound & other interested students. 

Dual Enrollment 

Juniors who are eligible may elect to enter the Dual Enrollment 
Program and take their junior and senior years at a two or four- 
year college or private institution located in Massachusetts or 
New Hampshire. Upon completion, they receive their high 
school diplomas from Nashoba and one or two years of college 
credit. Over twenty students in recent years have graduated 
with an Associates Degrees from college and their high school 
diplomas at the same time. Also, individual study programs for 
talented students are directed to their areas of excellence and 
higher pace for those students desiring it. Over the past five 
years many of our students have been accepted at such distin- 
guished universities as MIT, Ithaca, Emerson, Boston Univer- 
sity,. University of Massachusetts and others with partial or full 
scholarships assistance. 

Student Activities 

Nashoba sponsors an extensive program in intra-scholastic 
sports including varsity teams in ten high school sports with 
equal opportunities for both male and female students. 


Type Public, regional, four-year vocational-technical high school 

Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges 

Faculty 55 certified teachers 

Pupil/Teacher Ratio 18:1 

Other extracurricular activities include Student Council, National 
Honor Society, Yearbook, Students Against Destructive Deci- 
sions, Skills USA, Student Leadership, peer mediation, and many 
special interest clubs. Nashoba does not charge user fees. No 
user fees are imposed on any sport or school sponsored club. 

Continuing & Community Education 

Approximately 1,500 adult students a year attend the Continu- 
ing Community Education Program in late afternoon and eve- 
nings at Nashoba. 

Community Service Projects 

Nashoba is unique in its approach to community service and its 
relationship to its district communities. Students are expected 
to go out with their instructors to district towns to work on 
community service projects. Rather than building a single home 
for one individual per year, the students perform needed projects 
for the district towns. This program educates students in a real 
world setting, allows the towns the benefit of viewing Nashoba 
students at work and having a major work project completed 
without expending limited town resources for capital improve- 

There are a variety of opportunities offered at Nashoba Valley 
Technical High School for every student. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 12 

Public Sarety 

Police Department 

Raymond G. McCusker 
Chief of Police 

I herein respectfully submit for your information and review the An- 
nual Report of the Police Department for FY2005 . At the present time, 
the Department is made up of 54 permanent Officers. 


The Department appointed Daniel P. Goguen to the position of Patrol- 
man. Patrolman Goguen attended a 22 week training program and 
graduated from the Boylston Police Academy in March 2005. 


The Police Department received the following grants for FY 2005 : 

• Byrne Regional Drug Investigation Grant $7,000 

• State Community Policing Grant $35,952 

• State Highway Safety Traffic Grant $12,000 


The Police Department announces the retirement of the following: 

• Dispatcher Frederick Flynn retired on July 23. 2004 
after 15 years of service 

• Inspector Roland Linstad retired on March 1 , 2005 after 30 
years of service 

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Town Manager, 
the Board of Selectmen, and all sworn officials, departments and com- 
mittees for the excellent cooperation given to the Police Department. 
I would also congratulate both sworn and non-sworn personnel of 
this Department for outstanding performance of duty. 

Respectfully submitted. 
Chief Raymond G McCusker 


We. the Chelmsford Police Department, in partnership with our 
community are committed to maintaining the peace, protecting life 
and property, and providing professional law enforcement and crime 
prevention services. We accept the challenge of reducing the fear of 
crime by the prevention of criminal activity. We shall provide these 
sen'ices with compassion, dignity, and a proficiency within the 
framework of the United States Constitution. To enhance the quality 
of life for all citizens, we will cooperate with other agencies and 
groups to resolve community concerns. To fulfill our mission, the 
Chelmsford Police Department will provide a supportive work 
environment that fosters the professional development of its members. 

Serx'ice will be our commitment ...Honor and Integrity our mandate. 


To provide the citizens of Chelmsford the safest community 
within the Commonwealth by education, enforcing the laws 
and eliciting community' participation and cooperation. 


Total Receipts Turned Over to the Town: 

Permits, Fines, and Fees $33,591 .85 

Lowell District Court Revenue $ 12,347.50 

Registry of Motor Vehicles Disbursements $174,847.50 

TOTAL $220,786.85 

Calls Answered by Cruisers 24,747 

Summons Served 355 

Accidents Reported 1,246 

Fatal Accidents 1 

Personal Injury Accidents 169 

Citations Issued 4,751 

Parking Violations Issued 207 

Restraining Orders Served 92 

Protective Custody 15 

Alarm Calls Responded to by Cruisers 1,710 

Medical Calls 2,143 

Suspicious Activity Calls 1,607 

Disturbance Calls 748 

Domestic Calls 361 

O.U.I 46 

Adult Arrests 426 

Juvenile Arrests 32 


Page 13 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Public Safety 

Police Department 


Raymond G. McCusker 


James F. Murphy-Administration 
Francis X. Roark-Operations 


Todd D. Ahern 

Paul E. Cooper 

Philip R. Dube 

J. Ronald Gamache 

Edward F. Quinn 

E. Michael Rooney 

James M. Spinney, Jr. 


Daniel J . Ahern 

John A. Roark 
Edward F. Smith 

Scott R. Ubele 

Bureau of Investigative Services: 

Inspector Jeffrey A. Blodgett 

Inspector Gail F. Hunter 
Inspector James T. Finnegan 

Inspector George A. Tyros 
Inspector Gary A. Hannagan 

Inspector Craig E. Walsh 
Domestic Violence Officer: 
Inspector Rebecca A. Tyros 

Juvenile Officer: 

Inspector Kenneth R. Duane 

Crime Prevention Officer: 

Inspector Jennifer L. Fay 




Lieutenant Colin C. Spence 




Sgt. Francis P. Kelly 

David R. Tine 

Stephen M. Fredericks 

David M. Leo, K-9 

Paul E. Richardson 


Jeffrey J. Bernier 

Timothy B. Bourke 

Joseph P. Crowley 

Bruce A. Darwin 

Steven J. Doole 

John R. Goffin 

Daniel P. Goguen 

Francis J. Goode, Jr. 

Richard D. H al lion 

Jason P. Hanscom 

Andrew N. LoPilato 

David F. MacKenzie 

John J. McGeown 

Peter C. McGeown 

Brian F. Mullen 

Robert J. Murphy, Jr. 

Daniel T. Reid, Jr. 

Brian R. Richard 

Anthony Spinazola 

Daniel J . Sullivan 

Sean F. Swift 

Jonathan P. Tays 

Francis P. Teehan 

Gary R. White 

Christopher D. Zaher 


Kathleen A. Bennett 

David J. DeFreitas 

Richard A. Demers 

Timothy A. Goode 

Michael C. Pearse 

Jason M . Poor 

Kevin R. Proulx 

Christian W. Seminatore 

William H. Vaughan 


Mary Jane Grant 


Donna A. Fox 

Sandra A. Hall 

Diane M. Morgan 


Franklin E. Warren 


Norberto Melendez 


Franklyn R. Fader, Jr. 


Capt. Ralph Roscoe 
Capt. Kevin Proulx 
Sgt. Peter Ravanis 

Sgt. David Tyler 

Sgt. Peter Kulisich 

Sgt. Leo Tousignant 

Sgt. Kathleen Bennett 

Ptl. Paul Barton 

Ptl. Jason Callahan (Military duty) 

Ptl. Mark Cianci 

Ptl. Richard A. Demers 

Ptl. Allison M. Kearney 

Ptl. Kimberly J. MacKenzie 

Ptl. Michael G. Martell 

Ptl. Norberto Melendez 

Ptl. Roy W. Philbrick 

Ptl. Christian W. Seminatore 

Ptl. Marina L. Silvio 

Ptl. Daniel Simard 


Tracey Callahan 

Steven J. Orr 

Jeremy C. Pare' 

Meghan L. Roark 

Thomas Sampson 

Kimberly Sandberg 


No Finding 1 

To be Dismissed 56 

Nolle Prosecution 36 

Filed Without Change of Plea 20 

Continued at Hearing/Dismissed 55 

Dismissed/Victim's Request 12 

Adjudicated Delinquent 

Child In Need of Services 

Dismissed 221 

Default 2 

Guilty 198 

Placed on File 3 

No Disposition Need 141 

Pre-Trial Probation 50 

Request Denied 16 

Responsible/File 152 

Not Responsible 7 

Not Guilty 32 

No Complaint to Issue 4 

Continued Without a Finding.... 163 
Juvenile Continued without a Finding. .. .44 

Juvenile Dismissed 72 


2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 14 

Public Sarety 

Police Department 

Auxiliary Police 
Sergeant Francis P. Kelly 

For the year 2005 the Auxiliary Police Unit assisted the regular 
force at many motor vehicle crash scenes and other traffic control 
incidents. They also assisted with town sponsored events. The 
men and women of the Auxiliary Police Unit donated 4,629 hours 
performing their assigned duties, which include: 


House Checks 1,232 

School Property Checks 1,411 

Town Property Checks 1 ,986 

TOTAL 4,629 

In addition, several Auxiliary Officers took advantage of EMT 
classes offered by the Police Department along with other avail- 
able professional training. Many more hours were dedicated to 
this training. I would like to thank all members of the Auxiliary Unit 
for a great effort this past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Sergeant Francil P. .Kelly 



1 Control 

Franklin E. Warren 
Animal Control Officer 

The Animal Control Officer receives numerous calls regarding 
removal of animals from chimneys, under porches, or inside at- 
tics. This function, however, must be performed by a private 
organization such as Pest Control Services. 

I would remind all pet owners that it is their responsibility to 
insure that their pets are properly vaccinated. If you own a dog, 
it must be leashed or under your control at all times. 

I would like to thank the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen, and 
all the members of the Police Department for all their support. 

Franklin E. Warren 


Citizen complaints answered 585 

Total miles traveled 10,500 

Dogs licensed for FY2005 2,996 

Dogs picked up and taken to pound 50 

Dogs returned to owners 45 

Dogs adopted after 10 days 2 

Stray dogs to Lowell Humane Society 5 

Road kills disposed of at the Lowell Humane Society.... 93 

Violation citations issued 6 

Animal bite reports 15 

Value of citation fines $175 

Other funds turned into the town $425 

Page 15 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Public Sarety 

John E. Parow 
Fire Chief 

Fiscal Year 2005 proved to be a very busy year for the Chelmsford 
Fire Department. Total emergency calls for the year were 4,278. 
Medical emergency calls accounted for over half the calls at 2,324. 
Actual fire calls were down over this period. However, the fires we 
did have were larger in nature and required more mutual aid request 
from surrounding communities than in recent years. 

The concern of terrorism has forced the Department to prepare 
itself as the first line of defense against incidents of this type. 
Specialized equipment has been purchased and put into service. 
In addition, anti-terrorism training has been conducted for all 
Fepartment members and a terrorism annex has been added to the 
Town's emergency plan. 

The Department applied for and recieved three State grants during 
this fiscal year. One was used to improve the communication sys- 
tem for the Chelmsford Emergency Management Agency and an- 
other was used to purchase an emergency rescue boat and equip- 
ment to improve the Department's confined space and trench res- 
cue capabilities. Additionally, the Department received a grant 
from the State to conduct require emergency preparedness train- 
ing for all necessary Town employees. At this point in time this 
training is ongoing. These grants will go a long way in improving 
the many services the department and its workers provide to the 
Town of Chelmsford during these difficult fiscal times. 

A new Command vehicle was put into service this past year and 
will offer the Department greater coordination at all emergency 
scenes. This new unit will operate out of the Center Fire Station 
and offer command and control support, communication capabili- 
ties and improve overall emergency scene safety. 

Pictured below from L-R: Firefighters Gaiy 
Ryan, Captain James Durkin, William Bennett. 
Donald Peterson & Michael Young 

Structural problems were identified with the apparatus floor at the 
Center Fire Station over the past few years. During the last few months 
work has been completed to stabilize it. Although the floor has been 
stabilized this is only a temporary fix buying us two to three years. 
Within this time period we must come up with and institute a perma- 
nent solution. Currently, we are exploring various options to replace or 
completely rebuild the out dated and aging station. 

Two new fire fighters, Jason Moody and Michael Brothers, were hired 
this year to fill to the two remaining vacancies created from retirements 
during the last fiscal year. I would like to wish them well on their new 

I would like to thank all members of the department, my staff, the Town 
Manager, and the Board of Selectmen for their support over the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
John E. Parow, Fire Chief 



Auto Fire 41 

Building Fire 59 

Outside Fire 66 

Mutual Aid 23 

Investigation 809 

Service 955 

False Alarm 1 

Medical Aid 2,324 

TOTAL 2004 4,278 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 16 

Public Sarety 

Fire Department 


John E. Parow 


James A. Sousa 
Michael F. Curran 


James Boermeester 

Richard Miller 

James J. Durkin 

Rick Rivard 

Michael R.Donoghue 


William Amundson 

William Bacon 

William Bennett 

Edward Boisseau 

Christopher Brothers 

Michael Brothers 

Thomas Brothers 

William Campbell 

Jeffrey Cancella 

Jack Carroll 

Michael Chiasson 

Kevin Clarke 

F. Mark Conlin 

Daniel Corey 

Bruce Donovan 

Michael Ducharme 

Jesse Foster 

Daniel Funaro 

Robert Gardner 

David Hadley 

Henry Houle 

William Keohane 

John Kivlan 

Danial Koutsoufis 

Cynthia Leczynski 

David Lefebvre 

Keith Lindsay 

Michael Maher 

Daniel Manley 

Leo Manley 
Leslie Merrill 

Jason Moody 

Michael Nelson 

Kevin O'Brien 

Marc Pare 

Donnie Peterson 

Casey Phelan 

John Reid 

Michael Ridlon 

John Robinson 

Gary Ryan 

George Ryan 

Wm. SchelJbach 

Timothy Sha.nahan 

Kevin Sheehy 

Brian Stanton 

Daniel Ubele 

Michael Young 


Martha A. DeSaulnier 


James F. Keeley, Sr. 


Fire Chief 


Dept. Asst. 






Operation Deputy 


Fire Prevention 



Arson Invest. Unit 






Fire Prevention 





Unit 1 


Unit 2 

Unit 3 


Unit 4 





13 Fire Fighters 

12 Fire Fighters 

12 Fire Fighters 

12 Fire Fighters 

Page 17 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Public Sarety 

Buildingf Department 

Anthony Zagzoug, 
Inspector of Buildings 

The Inspections Department has been very active this year en- 
forcing state building codes and local zoning regulations. 

I would like to thank my staff for their hard work in maintaining 
timely and professional service. 

Department personnel include: 

• Anthony F. Zagzoug, Inspector of Buildings 

• Scott D. Hammond, Local Inspector 

• Kenneth W. Kleynen, Plumbing & Gas Inspector 

• Dennis P. Kane, Wiring Inspector 

• Denise Cote, Departmental Assistant 

The attached charts show breakdowns of new construction 
permits this year. 

In addition to the fees above, the total fees collected for sign 
permits, yard sales, and Certificates of Inspection amounted to 

I would also like to thank the personnel of other Town 
Departments for their cooperation, support, and assistance 
throughout the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Anthony Zagzoug 


Single Family Dwellings 41 

Two Family Dwellings 1 

Multifamily Dwellings (60 Units) 6 

Commercial 1 

Industrial 2 

Agricultural 1 

















2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 18 

Public Works 

Department or Public Works 

James E. Pearson 

Town Engineer/Director of Public Works 

Engineering Division 

The Engineering Division provides technical support to the Plan- 
ning Board, Conservation Commission, Town Manager, Board of 
Selectmen, Assessors Department, Town Clerk and Sewer Com- 
mission. Additionally, the engineers design several projects for 
construction by the Highway Division such as sidewalk improve- 
ments, drainage repairs, upgrades and park improvements. 

The engineers provided layout, grades, technical assistance, and 
inspections for the following projects: 

• Culvert replacement on Mill Road 

• Drainage improvements on Buckman Drive/Larssen Circle 

• Sidewalk construction on Golden Cove Road, Mill Road, 
and Westford Street 

• Stream cleaning at various locations 

The engineers provided site plan reviews and/or inspections on 
the following projects: 

Applebee's at Drum Hill 

Center Water Treatment Plant (Crooked Spring Road) 

Chelmsford High School Auditorium 

Church of Christ (North Road) 

Countryside Veterinary Hospital (Littleton Road) 

Gustavo Preston (Industrial Drive) 

Moore's Lumber (Boston Road) 

Worker's Credit Union (Turnpike Road) 

75 North Road 

121 Riverneck Road 

The engineers also provided subdivision reviews and/or inspec- 
tions on the following projects: 

Alexandria Way 
Daisy Meadows 
Holly Drive 
Lady Slipper Lane 
Lynch Way 
Bittersweet Lane 
Newfield Estates 
Park Place 
Talbot Estates 
Woodlot Lane 

The staff also assists residents with particular requests on an as- 
needed basis (i.e., providing maps, drainage expertise, and per- 
forming tree inspections). 

The office staff processes all expenditures, payroll and oversees 
the monthly budget for the Engineering, Sewer, Public Buildings 
and Parks Divisions. 

Highway Division 

The Highway Division maintains and improves all the streets, cul- 
verts, catch basins and manholes, street signs, traffic signs and 
traffic signals for approximately 230 miles of roadway. Addition- 
ally, the Highway Division clears the streets and public lots of 
snow and ice. 

The Highway Department reconstructed the intersection of Golden 
Cove Road, Turnpike Road and Billerica Road in preparation for 
traffic signals. New drainage was installed on Mill Road and 
Westford Street. Sidewalks were constructed on Westford Street, 
Mill Road and Raymond Road. 

The Highway Division conducted a brook cleaning program dur- 
ing the winter months. Work was completed in the following areas: 
Littleton Road, North Road, Pilgrim Road, Robin Hill Road, Parkhurst 
Road, Groton Road, Thomas Drive, Lisa Lane, Mansfield Drive and 
Mill Road. 

The office staff maintains all financial records needed for the re- 
porting, tracking, payments of all vouchers connected with the 
highway budgets - including General Expenses, Salaries, Snow 
and Ice, Massachusetts Chapter 90 Funding (road construction or 
repair). Street Lighting and Capital Expenditures. 

The Highway Division sends well wishes to Irene Oczkowski who 
retired during the past year and also welcomes Julie Dean who 
joined our department. 

Page 19 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Public Works 

Sewer Division 

The Sewer Division continued to expand this year with the addition of 
approximately 700 new sewer connections, bringing the total of 
on-line sewer users to 9,933. Major work items this year include: 

• Phase III of SCAD A remote monitoring installation 

• Upgrades at Wiede and Progress Pump Stations 

• Moved Sewer Operations from the old Police Station to a 
temporary location on Kidder Road. 

• Pump rebuilds for nine pump stations 

The office staff handles all sewer betterments, sewer billing, phone 
inquiries, complaints and other related correspondence. They also 
perform clerical support work for the Sewer Commission. 

Public Buildings 

The Public Buildings Division staff maintains the Town Hall and the 
Old Town Hall. Typical duties include furniture and mechamcal repair, 
repair of ceilings, walls, and woodwork. General "handy work" around 
the various buildings may include trash removal, cleaning, and paint- 
ing. The staff also removes snow during the winter months. 

This year's special projects include: 

• Town Offices window replacement 

• Town Offices carpet replacement 

• Town Offices security improvements 

The Public Building staff is also involved in numerous projects 
throughout the year. These include Winterfest; Student Govern- 
ment Day; Recycle Drop-Off; Friends-of-the-Library Book Sale; 
and the Fourth of July Celebration. 

Parks Division 

The Parks Division maintains all parks, traffic islands, ballfields. 
playgrounds, and commons in town. The grounds are groomed 
each Spring and prepared for the heavy use each area receives 
during the year. This Division also prepares the Town Common for 
the annual Fourth of July celebration as well as the cleanup and 
restoration of damaged areas resulting from an abundance of ac- 
tivities throughout the year. Special projects this year included the 
clubhouse expansion of the Chelmsford Country Club. 

The Parks Division acknowledges the many volunteer groups and 
individuals for their time, donations and help. Also, thanks to all 
that participated in the Adopt-a-Park program. 


The Department would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work 
ofTed Godfrey, Gail Hartwell, Irene Oczkowski, Jackie Sheehy and Mary 
Lou Landry and wishes them the best in their retirement years. 




John P. Emerson, Jr., 

Members of the Sewer Commission include: Chairman John P. 
Emerson, Jr., Vice Chairman Barry B. Balan, Clerk George F. Abely, 
Richard J. Day and John F. Souza. 

Site restoration was completed this year in both Phase 4D 
(Berkeley Drive Area Lateral Sewer Project) and the first segment 
of Phase 4E (Livery Road Lateral Sewer Project). Construction 
on the second segment of Phase 4E (Chestnut Hill Road Area 
Lateral Sewer Project) is on schedule, as pipeline installation and 
paving continues through 2005 with an anticipated completion of 
final paving during the spring of 2006. 

The next phase (4F) is made up of two contracts. High Street Area 
and Hunt Road Area. Design of the Phase 4F Lateral Sewer Project 
was completed during 2004. Construction for the High Street Area 
Lateral Sewer Project commenced in the spring of 2005. There is an 
anticipated completion of final paving in the High Street Area in 
the fall of 2006. The Hunt Road Area Lateral Sewer Project (Con- 
tract 05-2) will be bid in the fall of 2005 with construction to com- 
mence thereafter. The Phase 4G Lateral Sewer Project (Robin Hill 
Road and Parker Road Areas) is currently under design. 

The CSC would like to acknowledge Amy Baron for her hard work, 
professionalism and patience. She is the one who interfaces with 
the public on a daily basis, and her multifaceted duties are shared 
by the Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works. 

Cemetery Commission 

Jean R. McCaffery, Chairman 

Members of the Commission include: Chairman Jean R. Mc Caffery, 
Gerald Hardy and Peter Pedulla. Cemetery Department Personnel 
include David J. Boyle, Jorge Caires, Patrick Caires, Richard Malone 
and Shawn Bettencourt. 

The Cemetery Department has been very busy over the past year, 
at the Riverside Cemetery, monument and granite curb lot restora- 
tion has been completed, at Forefathers Burial Ground, some much 
needed restoration work was completed, over 40 gravestones were 
either up righted or repaired and new foundations installed where 
needed to ensure these stones will survive the elements. All of this 
restoration was funded through the Community Preservation Act. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 20 

Public Works 

The Cemetery Department has taken delivery of a 2005 F-350 Ford 
Dump Truck, which was approved at 2004 Spring Town Meeting, 
necessary to keep the six cemeteries in town in excellent condition. 
Construction of the new garage at Pine Ridge Cemetery is under- 
way, beginning in September the students from Nashoba Valley 
Technical School will begin construction. 

As the Town celebrates it's 350 Anniversary Celebration, at Fore- 
fathers Burying Ground, there is a Self- Guided walking tour this 
tour includes a map of the oldest section of the Cemetery and 
biographies on ten people, prominent and important residents of 
Chelmsford, the Cemetery Commission would ask anyone who 
enters Forefathers Burying Ground to please respect it's rich his- 
tory and fragile nature of the gravestones, while in the Cemetery. 

There were 148 interments during the year including 26 cremation 
interments which accounted for nearly 1 8% of total interments. 
During Fiscal Year 2005. there were 89 cemetery lots sold through- 
out the town. Eighteen residents participated in the Prepaid Inter- 
ment Fee Program. The Cemetery Commission appreciates our staffs 
efforts to keep Chelmsford's six public cemeteries well-maintained 
and attractive burial places. 

Recycling/Solid Waste 

Jennifer Almeida 

Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator 

The Town of Chelmsford funded the following services for resi- 
dents in FY 2005: weekly collection of trash; bi-weekly collection 
of recyclables; four curbside yard waste collections; nine months 
of leaf/yard waste compositing at Laughton's Nursery; and six 
special drop-off events throughout the year - two for scrap metal 
and household goods, two for electronics and tires, and two for 
brush at Community Tree. In FY 2005 the Town negotiated new 
contracts for FY 2006 with its trash and recycling hauler and with a 
waste to energy trash disposal facility. 

In FY 2005 the Town generated 1 6,06 1 tons of solid waste that was 
sent to the incinerator. During that same time the Town recycled 
2200 tons of mixed paper, 774 tons of commingled containers 
(bottles, cans and other plastic, glass and metal recyclables) and 
143 tons of corrugated cardboard collected at cardboard dumpsters. 
At the scrap metal drop-off events residents recycled 59 tons of 
scrap metal, and at the electronics and tires drop off events resi- 
dents recycled 42 tons of electronics and 13 tons of tires. 

Several truck-loads of household goods and clothing for donation 

to Household Goods Recycling Ministry the Boy Scouts and Planet 
Aid were also collected at two of our drop-off events. 

The Town sold over 50 compost bins to residents at below cost to 
encourage composting of yard waste and kitchen scraps. The Town 
also received a grant from the state for 50 kitchen scrap compost 
buckets which are being sold to residents in a further effort to 
encourage composting of kitchen waste to reduce the Town's solid 
waste tonnage. The Town maintains a Universal Waste Shed which 
is open one day a month from April through November for resi- 
dents to bring mercury containing devices such as fluorescent 
bulbs, thermostats and mercury switches for safe disposal. The 
Town also collects mercury fever thermometers at the Town Hall 
and provides residents with a free digital thermometer in exchange 
for the mercury thermometers. 

The Recycling Committee sponsored the Annual Town-Wide clean 
up in May. Over 300 volunteers and 25 businesses and local orga- 
nizations helped with the event by donating their time, money, 
raffle prizes and/or supplies to clean litter from over 35 sites around 
town. The Recycling Committee also operated a booth at the Coun- 
try Fair in July at which composting education and recycling infor- 
mation were provided. The Committee arranged for bottle and can 
recycling during the Country Fair and the deposit bottles collected 
during the event were donated to Chelmsford Friends of Music. 

The Town's Recycling/Solid Waste office updated and mailed to 
all households copies of the annual "Chelmsford Recycles" flyer. 
In addition the Town received a grant from DEP for a public educa- 
tion postcard which was included in advertising supplements dis- 
tributed to residents in the spring. The Recycling/Solid Waste 
Office has updated the Town' website, , 
with information about recycling, composting and upcoming recy- 
cling events. 


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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 




Council on Aging 

Martin J. Walsh 

American society is evolving, changing and realizing that aging is 
a complicated process not simply defined by a number. Even the 
very definition of "senior" is undergoing analysis and change with 
adjectives such as "mature" and "experienced" being used with 
greater frequency to describe older Americans. Tomorrow's chal- 
lenges will vary in response but the defining constant will remain 
compassionate caring, which will bring benefit for all generations. 
Last year our department provided over thirty programs and ser- 
vices in response to human need. The following statistics give 
some indication of our efforts and commitment to service. 

Council on Aging Members include: Chairperson John LaTourneau, 
Vice Chair John Cody, Clerk Ann Warburton. Diana Boisvert. John 
Clancy, Richard Condike, Catherine Goodwin, Robert Grippo, Louise 
Myers, Paul Sweeney and Thomas Turner. 

In Genuine Appreciation: 

Consistently the Chelmsford Senior Center is recognized across 
the State as one of the best. It is an honorable tradition maintained 
because of many caring and supporting factions working together 
in a common cause. 


Adult Social Day Program 2,123 client days/37 participants 

Congregate Lunch 32,859 meals/134 daily 

Home Delivered Meals 21,809/89 daily 54,668 to date 

Health Benefits Counseling 1,224 

FluClinic with Board of Health 520 serviced 

Blood Pressure Screenings 225 participants 

Home visits, shopping assistance for elders 954 

Transportation 4,828 trips/272 clients 

Respite Companion Care 81 clients/17,628 hours service 

Tax & Fuel Assistance 315 


Monthly support groups for Alzheimer's & care-givers 

Grant approved for a new maxivan - 80% funding from the State 

"Volunteer Recognition Brunch" held to honor 220 active volunteers 

Monthly newsletter to senior households in Chelmsford— 2,400 in total 

Hosted "Chowder Fest" for Chelmsford's 350 lh Anniversary — 325 people 

Provided free medical equipment to needy residents 

Offered over 50 recreational trips to all areas of New England 

Participated in a variety of intergenerational programs 
Helped secure 51 units of senior housing at "Northern Village" 

First and foremost, the Center's staff must be recognized for their 
dedication, compassion, and professionalism. 

It is the members of the Council on Aging who work constantly 
with the Director to bring about responsive programming and quality 

It is the "Friends of the Senior Center" who through numerous 
fundraising events and hard work contributed $ 1 04,000 toward the 
Center's operational costs and upkeep in 2005. 

It's the 225 active volunteers who give their time, effort and love to 
make the Senior Center such a meaningful experience. 

And lastly, though profoundly, it is this proud Town, it is our sup- 
portive residents who believe and support — it is Community in the 
true sense of the word. It is vision and purpose working in unison 
for common good. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 22 



Veterans' Services 

Veterans' Services 

Regina B. Jackson, Assistant Veterans Agent 

The Chelmsford Veterans' Services Office provides short-term fi- 
nancial assistance to eligible veterans and their families as man- 
dated by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115. We can assist 
eligible, needy veterans with a monthly allowable grant and some 
medical coverage. The amount of assistance depends on the bud- 
get standards set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts De- 
partment of Veterans' Service. The State will reimburse Chelmsford 
for 75% of authorized benefits paid. 

In fiscal year 2005, we averaged $2,500 per month in benefits paid 
out. We averaged 6 active State cases. Our reimbursement from 
the State is paid quarterly, and runs approximately 1 months be- 
hind the authorizations. We also process State annuities for 100% 
disabled veterans and State Annuities for certain eligible widows. 

The VA periodically takes a "snapshot" of the total amount of 
Federal Veterans benefits that flow into a community. The last look 
was in late 2004. The amount of Federal VA money that flows 
annually into Chelmsford is at least $3,1 86,000. These benefits went 
to 370 veterans and 57 widows, all in Chelmsford. The number of 
veterans eligible for Federal benefits is always a small percentage 
of the total number of veterans living in a community. Our office 
helps any Chelmsford veteran dealing with the VA. As of March, 
2005 we have 1 75 open files and 40+ claims in process. The 40+ 
claims in process are all in some stage with the VA. These claims 
may be an initial filing, reopen a claim for increase, appeals on 
denied claims, pending hearings with the Regional Office, or Board 
of Veterans Appeals. The 40+ pending cases do not include the 
State Chapter 1 1 5 cases. These are separate from the Federal cases, 
as they only involve State and Town funds. 

We coordinate the Chelmsford Veterans' Day Observance, which 
is held at Veterans' Memorial Park on the 1 1 ,h of November at 1 1 :00 
AM. We were also honored to coordinate the Lance Corporal 
Andrew J. Zabierek Memorial Bridge dedication. 

Our office is located in the Community Center (Old Town Hall) in 
Chelmsford Center. This office is open M/W/F 8:30-4:00 and Mon- 
day and/or Wednesday evening 7:00-9:00. Our phone number is 
(978) 250-5238. If you need help when the office is closed, call 
Marty Walsh at the Senior Center, (978) 25 1-8692. If you are unable 
to visit our office and need a home visit, please call and we will be 
happy to schedule a convenient time. Thank you. 



Balance as of January 1 , 2004 $25,942.26 

Add Receipts: 

The MassBank for Savings: 

Interest $161.75 

Balance on Hand as of June 30, 2004 $26,104.01 


MassBank for Savings, Savings Account: $26,104.01 


Total Liabilities: None 

Total Assets, Less Liabilities $26,104.01 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Human Services 

Housing Authority 

Chelmsford Housing Authority 
David Hedison, Executive Director 

Over the past year, the Chelmsford Housing Authority has made 
progress in meeting the needs of families, seniors and the disabled 
requiring affordable housing. North Village was finally completed 
in February 2005 and is now home to over 50 seniors. This new 
development has provided some short term relief to the people on 
our senior housing waiting lists. 

Currently, the waiting period for state aided elderly/disabled hous- 
ing is as follows: Local/Veterans to six months. Local Residents 
1 to 3 years, non-residents 7 years or more. The Section 8 Program 
continues to assist over 430 families/elderly/disabled in the area 
with rental assistance to live in a private apartment. Our Family 
Self Sufficiency Program is helping over 30 families improve their 
education and skills with the hopes of moving them towards 

The Authority serves as the Management Agent to the Town for 
monitoring the Affordable Homeownership Units located in 
Chelmsford. We have had over 12 re-sales over the past year and 
have sold over 20 new affordable units to families and seniors. We 
continue to play a significant role in making sure any proposed 
40B projects are truly affordable to the residents of Chelmsford. 

The Chelmsford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners would 
like to thank the residents of Chelmsford and Town Officials for 
their continued support and cooperation. 

All CHA meetings are 
open to the public. 
Regular meetings are 
held at McFarlin 
Manor. 10 Wilson 
Street at 4:00 p.m., on 
the first Tuesday each 
month. The annual 
meeting is the first 
Tuesday in May. 


Members of the Chelmsford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners 
include: Chairman Denise Marcaurelle, Vice Chairman Leonard Westgate, 
Treasurer Gail Hunter, Assistant Treasurer Mary St. Hilaire and Governor's 
Appointee Andrea MacMillan. Staff includes David J. Hedison, Executive 
Director, Finance Manager Kristin Roberts, Director of Public Housing 
Linda Dalton, Federal Housing ManagerCarole Chakarian, Richard O'Neil, 
Maintenance Manager and 12 additional support staff. 

Recreation Department 

Holly Hamilton 
Recreation Director 

The Recreation Commission is composed of seven members ap- 
pointed by the Town Manager. The primary reason of the commis- 
sion is to support and make recommendations to continuously 
improve and expand the recreational opportunities offered to the 
Chelmsford community. 

The Recreation Department offered over 400 self-supporting pro- 
grams throughout the year. Some of the successful programs or- 
ganized in the Fiscal Year 2005 include day trips, ski programs, 
dance lessons, art lessons, science programs and much more. The 
Recreation Department will continue to develop programming in 
response to the growing and changing needs of all populations 
within the Town of Chelmsford. 

Recreation programs are be advertised in the Chelmsford Commu- 
nity Newsletter and on the Town web page at We are most thankful to all residents 
whose support, dedication and involvement contributed to the 
success of the 2004/2005 programs. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 24 




Becky Legros Herrmann 
Library Director 

During Fiscal Year 2005, we began the process of writing a new 
long-range plan for the Chelmsford Public Library. This plan, worked 
on by library staff, library trustees, Friends of the Library and mem- 
bers of the community, is submitted to the Board of Library Com- 
missioners and enables the library to be eligible for federal grants. 
In writing the plan, we compiled some statistics to see how things 
have changed since the new building was completed. It is striking 
how far we have come. In the last five years, circulation of materials 
at the main library went up almost 200,000 items, while MacKay 
circulation remained stable. Inter-library loan transactions went 
from 9,462 to 96,153 - and reserves placed for books went from 
11,683 to 93,857. 

Despite all of these incredible increases, our book budget has barely 
risen, our total budget is down from what it was in 2002 and for 
FY05 — the staff size is smaller than what it was before the new 
library opened. And we wonder why the library seems so busy! 

Business was not just booming at the circulation desk. Our refer- 
ence desk fielded 1 8, 1 07 reference questions and there were 2,996,625 
uses of our library web site. 

Programs at the library included: "Turning Books into Movies" 
with screenwriter Kathy Mackel, stand-up poetry with Jack 
McCarthy, our popular poetry slams, cinema nights, art receptions, 
and the Music on the Lawn series at the MacKay Branch Library. 
Book groups continued to be popular with both morning and 
evening groups at both the main library and at Mackay Ken Gloss 
of the Brattle Bookshop talked about treasures in your attic. We 
held a Wednesday Wellness series, a True Crime book group, First 
Sunday concerts, genealogy workshops, "Bubblemania" - a one- 
man bubble comedy hour, knitting circles at MacKay, origami work- 
shops, and a teddy bear concert. 

During FY05 the children's staff offered 332 programs that were 
attended by 7910 library patrons. Our summer reading program 
"Explore New Worlds" focused on the rainforest and 1,300 kids 
signed up for the program. Children were challenged to read for 9 
hours during the summer. When they met that challenge, the Friends 
of the Library donated $750 to the Arbor Day foundation's Save 
the Rainforest campaign. We had a Cinderella Ball, built fairy 
houses, hosted a reader's theater, did storytelling at the parks, 
celebrated Harry Potter's birthday, made ice cream, conducted teen 
book discussion groups, and held workshops on getting your child 
to sleep. 

Story times became so popular with parents of 2 year olds, we 
added an additional drop-in story time for this age each week. The 
story times for children less than 2 years old attract more than 45 
children each week. As a result, our early literacy work with fami- 
lies begins much earlier in each child's life. 

The Dads and Donuts Program grew in popularity with over 35 
people attending each month. This monthly story time attracts a 
regular group of dads who enjoy the stories, spending time with 
their children, and having a cup of coffee with a donut at the end. 
The Family Foundation Network was impressed enough to spon- 
sor the program beginning in FY06. 

Lastly, we also had the honor of hosting the town's 350th Celebra- 
tions Ball. Four hundred people spent the night dancing to the 
sounds of Dick De Freitas and John Mansfield while eating terrific 
food prepared by Bianco & Sons Catering. Our thanks go out to 
the 350" 1 committee members, volunteers, library staff and commu- 
nity members who attended and made the evening a great success. 
Congratulations to the Town of Chelmsford on its 350 th birthday! 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Human Services 

Richard J. Day 
Health Director 

Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program 

In 2005 the Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program continued its 
efforts to clean up our waterways. The Board of Health, with the advent of 
a central sewer system in Chelmsford is now embarking on enforcement 
activities to insure compliance with local by-laws which will insure a safe 
water supply. Dye testing, water sampling and issuance of septic system 
permits will continue in all the non-sewered areas until the completion of 
the project. 

Administration and Management 

Income for various services and permits was collected. During 2005 in 
addition to inspections of restaurants, septic systems, swimming pools 
and beaver complaints the department made inspections of day care cen- 
ters, rental housing units, public schools, recreational camps, bathing 
beaches, tanning facilities, massage establishments, International Certifi- 
cates of Vaccination and all retail food stores. 

Hazardous Waste and Industrial Wastewater Program 

Richard J. Day, Director ofPublic Health, was reappointed Hazardous Waste 
Coordinator and Municipal Coordinator to enforce the "Right-To-Know 
law for Chelmsford. The Board of Health held two Household Hazardous 
Waste Collection Days this year which were held on November 4, 2004 and 
April 30, 2005. This program has consistently collected significant vol- 
umes of hazardous waste. 

Title V 

The Board or Health is continuing to work on developing programs to 
control the effects of the new Title V regulation on the residents still on 
septic systems. 


Campylobacter Enteritis 6 

Invasive Haemophilus Influenza 1 

Chicken Pox 2 

Lyme 18 

EColi 157 

H7 1 

Pertussis 4 

Group A Strep 2 

Rubella 14 

Hepatitis B 5 

Salmonella 12 

Hepatitis C 6 

Shiga Toxin 1 

West Nile Virus EEE /Mosquito Surveillance Program 

The Board of Health office is the collection center for handling of dead 
birds for the West Nile Virus Surveillance Program. A half dozen dead birds 
were reported. The state limited the type and number ofbirds collected this 
year but increased the testing of mosquito pools in the area. 

Communicable Disease Program 

The testing of persons exposed to tuberculosis and those persons whose 
employment require certification of freedom from disease is another re- 
sponsibility of the Public Health Nurse. Twenty-six Mantoux (TB) tests 
were administered to persons as required for pre-employment, college and 
also to household contacts of active cases in compliance with the Massa- 
chusetts Department of Public Health regulations. Home visits and tele- 
phone calls are made to families of active and some inactive cases on a 
periodic basis to insure understanding of the illness and that adequate 
medical follow-up is achieved Seventy-eight medical records were kept 
and updated on residents who have a positive mantoux (TB) test and are 
receiving medication prophylactically and being followed radiologically at 
the Lowell Chest Clinic and other chest clinics. When necessary, TB test- 
ing is done at places of business if employees are exposed to an active case 

Immunization Program 

The Board of Health sponsored several flu clinics this year: 1 ,390 flu vac- 
cine doses were administered at clinics and 38 persons were immunized 
with pneumonia vaccine. An additional 2,280 doses were dispensed to 
nursing homes and physicians' offices. Four visits were made to handi- 
capped or house-bound residents. A combined total of 3,670 flu doses 
were allocated to the Chelmsford Board of Health by the Massachusetts 
Department ofPublic Health. 

Three-hundred twenty-seven immunizations were administered to adults 
and students in compliance with the Massachusetts Immunization Laws 
and prophylactically to residents traveling to underdeveloped countries. 
Fifty-six doses of the meningitis vaccine were administered to high school 
seniors entering college. Immunizations and other health services offered 
are listed on Town of Chelmsford web page. 

Hypertension Screening Program 

Blood pressure screening for residents are held the first Thursday of every 
month from 9:00 to 1 2:00 at the Board of Health, Town Offices. Five-hun- 
dred twenty-three residents attended the screenings. 

Lead Paint Screening Program 

The Board of Health offers lead paint testing for children between the ages 
nine months and six years. Residents may call the Board of Health at 250- 
5243 and make an appointment with the nurse. Eight children were screened 
for lead paint Other screenings offered by the Board of Health will be 
advertised in advance in the newspaper. 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 26 

Boards & Committees 

350th Celebration Committees 


Special Thanks 

Our Town's 350th 
Anniversary Celebration, 

while still in progress, 

has been made possible by 

the hard work, planning, 

dedication and commitment 

of many dedicated community 

volunteers and supporters. 

Throughout the last fiscal 

year, a tremendous effort was 

put forth in the planning of 

many great community events 

to recognize our Town's 

history and to demonstrate 

our Town's continued 

strength and sense of 

community pride. 

It seems only fitting that 

a special note of thanks 

should be extended to all 

those volunteers and 

supporters who have 

contributed their time, 

efforts and resources to 

make our 350th Anniversary 

a celebration to remember 

for years and generations 

to come. 

Thank you! 

Steering Committee 

Stuart G. Weisfeldt 
John Chemaly 
Linda Chemaly 
Kathy Cryan-Hicks 
William F. Dalton 
Eileen M Duffy 
Holly Hamilton 

Jeff Hardy 

Becky Herrmann 

Donna A Johnson 

Rhodes Johnson 

Mark Magiera 

Susan Carter Sullivan 

Cultural Activities 

Judy Buswick 

Linda Carney 

Kathy Cryan-Hicks 

Paula Eliopoulos 

Kathleen S. Fitzpatrick 

Pat Fitzpatrick 

Shirley Lavoie 

Brenda Lovering 

Jean R. McCaffery 

Carol W. Merriam 

Donna Thoene 


Carol C. Cleven 

Jeff Hardy 

John G. Harrington 

Joyce E. Johnson 

Scott E. Johnson 

Richard W. Main 

Judith B. Mallette 

Denise Marcaurelle 

Lynn M Marcella 

Jaclyn D. Matzkin 

Gail Murray 

Karen Murray 

Dennis J. Ready 

Donna L. Ready 

History Committee 

Judy Buswick 

Richard M. Johnson 

Barbara Mackey 

Robert P. Mackey 

Mark Magiera 

Deanna Peterson 

Robert Peterson 

Paul Windt 

Parade Committee 

George R. Dixon, Jr 
John Chemaly 

Ellen Day 

James Gifford 

Walter Hedlund 

Robert Joyce 

Marie Massota 

Elizabeth A. McCarthy 

Frances T. McDougall 

Karen Murray 

Paul Stevens 

Publicity Committee 

Kathy Cryan-Hicks 

Katherine H. Duffet 

Jean Kydd 

Cheryl Ostrowski 

Matt Scott 

Mary E. Tiano 

Social Activities Committes 

Eileen M Duffy 

Paula Eliopoulos 

Philip M Eliopoulos 

Donna A Johnson, Chairman 

Joyce E. Johnson 

Jean Kydd 

Brenda Lovering 

Jean R. McCaffery 

Avis Mello 
Thomas E. Moran 

Jodi L. O'Neill 

Dennis J. Ready 

Donna L. Ready 

Barbara A. Weisfeldt 

Chelmsford f s 350th Anniversary 

Page 27 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 


as & Committees 

Arts 6 Technology Education Fund 

Arts & Technology Education Fund (ATEF) 
Glenn Doherty, Chairman 

The 1 996 Spring Town Meeting approved an amendment to their Gen- 
eral By-Laws be adding Section 1 3 to Article VII entitled Chelmsford 
Arts and Technology Education Funds (ATEF) through the combined 
efforts of Evelyn Thoren and George Ripsom. The purpose of this 
fund is to provide supplemental funding to support local educational 
initiatives and projects. Thanks to your generosity and support the 
ATEF has received over $60,000 since its inception in November 1 996. 
There has been $37,350 in grants awarded to date. Through invest- 
ment strategies The committee is currently working on investment 
strategies and researching other financial resources in order to create 
a lasting fund and insure continued and consistent awards. The ATEF 
has developed a website that makes all our applications and informa- 
tion available at the Town of Chelmsford website. 

Chelmsford is the first town to have a By-Law in place that specifies the 
application process, committee make-up and limitations. The Spring 2005 
Applications and copies of the applications along with the By-Law were 
distributed in January 2005 to each school through hard copy and email. 

The committee received completed applications by March 3 1 , 2005. 
Teachers and School Councils apply for these funds. Project Sum- 
mary forms are required from current and previous awardees prior to 
consideration for any additional future new projects. Awards were 
announced at the Board of Selectmen's Meeting in May 2005. And 
this year, Ed Morassi announced his resignation from the committee. 
He was instrumental in organizing financial information and leading 
the committee as its Chair for seven of his nine year membership. The 
next applications will be distributed in January 2006 and the deadline 
for the next academic year is March 3 1 , 2006. 

The concept of using tax check-offs for an alternative funding source 
for education was initiated by Arlington's veteran Town Treasurer, 
John Bilafer, under a Home Rule Petition many years ago. Since this 
was accepted, numerous towns in Massachusetts have adopted the 
statute Chapter 60. Chelmsford became involved in the process of 
adopting Chapter 60 through the efforts of Anthony Volpe, a past 
member of the Chelmsford School Committee. 

Chelmsford uses a separate tear-off sheet in the excise and real estate 
tax bills as the method to elicit voluntary contributions to enhance the 
education of Chelmsford Public School students. The collected money 
does not become part of the school budget. The Town Treasurer 
disperses the funds under the direction of the ATEF Committee. Infor- 
mation sheets are available in the Town Offices. 

The contributions that you give have and will continue to make a 
difference in the education of our children . . . our future taxpayers. 


Glenn Doherty, Chairman 

Beverly Barrett, Secretary 

Evelyn S. Thoren, Financial Liasion 

George Ripsom 

Angelo Taranto 

Superintendent of Schools Richard Moser 

Former Chairman Ed Morassi (Resigned in 2005) 


"Enhancing Reading Comprehension and 
Vocabulary Development" 

Carol Comins 
Parker Middle School 

"Enhancing Our Students' Learning" 

Claire Briand, Martha Coolidge, Anne O'Shea, 

Andrea Marmo, Brenda O'Brien 

Harrington School 

CD Recorder Purchase 

Jennifer Erdody 
Parker Middle School 

Home Reading Program 

Jane Blumberg 
Byam School 

Digital Camera 

Joan Monahan 
Chelmsford High School 

"Using Intellitools Technology to Enhance 
Learning and Communication" 

Joan Strodel 
McCarthy Middle School 

"Browse Boxes" (Guided Reading) 

Lori McDermott & Barbara Wilshire 
South Row School 

"Spellcheckers: Electronic Help for Poor Spellers" 

Donna Peterson 
South Row School 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 28 

Boards & Committees 

Historical Commission 

Linda Prescott 

During the past year, the Historical Commission has continued 
with its Sign Project. This project includes creating historic inven- 
tories of structures and sites over 75 years old and placing a plaque 
on the structure or site identifying the age and original owner. 
These surveys include a site visit, an architectural survey, a foot- 
print map, photos and a deed, tax, vital statistics and media search. 
Finished surveys are placed on file with the Town and the State 
Listing. The Commission has petitioned to place Red Wing Farm 
on the National Register and continues to work with the Middlesex 
Canal Association and the Community Preservation Committee. 

The Commission continues to be very involved with preservation. 
We continue to work toward the preservation of the North Town 
Hall. The Commission is becoming an information resource for 
contractors and citizens as they rehabilitate their homes and busi- 
nesses. This past spring, Town Meeting passed the Demolition 
Delay By-law, which became law on July 2 1 a . The Commission has 
received its first demolition request on August 9 lh . 

For the Town's 350 th Anniversary, the 200+ inventories the Com- 
mission have on file have been scanned and are accessible through 
the Town's Web Site along with a copy of the Demolition Delay 
By-Law and other articles of interest. 

Any resident interested in history and historic preservation is in- 
vited to participate. Commission meetings are open to all and are 
generally held the second Tuesday of the month. 

Pictured below: 1802 Brick School House on Westford Street 


ommission on 


Leonard Olenchak 

The Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities held ten meetings 
during the past year. Meetings are held in the Town Offices on the 
third Tuesday of each month (excluding August and December) at 
7:00 P.M. We may be contacted at 978-250-9689 or through our 
Email address : In addition Access 
Feedback Forms are located in the Town Offices. Senior Center, 
and both Libraries. 

The Commission on Disabilities actively participated in a variety of 
programs this past year: 

• Awarded scholarships to disabled students 
in conjunction with SPEDPAC 

• Funded voice over program at Chelmsford Telemedia, 
allowing sight impaired citizens to audibly receive 
the listings on the Chelmsford Bulletinboard 

• Provided technical expertise to help ensure 

that the Route 495 rest area is handicap accessible 

• Participated with the Massachusetts Secretary of 
State program to determine the most appropriate 
model of voting machine for handicapped citizens 

Along with these accomplishments, we sustained our efforts to 
address buildings, grounds, and parking access issues in town. It 
is our goal to seek all opportunities to make Chelmsford more 
accessible for our disabled citizens. 

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ds & Committees 

Holiday Decorating 

Holiday Decorating Committee 
Linda Harrington, Chairman 

Mission Statement 

The Holiday Decorating Committee is a group of volunteers who arrange 
and implement the Holiday Lighting and Prelude Ceremony in Chelmsford 
Center the first Sunday in December. Hie committee, with the help of 
several interested individuals and groups, physically puts up and takes 
down all the lights on the shrubs and trees on the Chelmsford Common, 
the Old Town Hall and the Chelmsford business district. In addition to the 
lighting, the committee also organizes musical talent who volunteer their 
time, arrange the hay rides, assist "Piney the Talking Tree" and "Santa" 
with more than 750 children who come to see them. 


While the Town sanctions the Committee, we receive no funds and work 
from donations given to us by several groups and individuals. We are 
especially grateful this year to the Chelmsford Business Association, the 
Chelmsford Rotary Club, the Chelmsford Fire Union, the Chelmsford Fire 
Union, the Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank, Enterprise Bank, Northern 
Bank & Trust and Jeanne D' Arc Credit Union. 

Goals and Objectives 

Our goal for the coming year is to increase and improve on the lights in the 
new Chelmsford Center. If possible we would like to have additional wag- 
ons for the hayrides to make the waiting time less for our increasing number 
of participants waiting in the Center Business District. We will have to 
secure the necessary funds to do this but feel we will be able to attain our 
goal. We have increased our number of musical and vocal groups over the 
years and hope to continue receiving their much-appreciated talents for 
the upcoming year. We thank the Police Department, Police Auxiliary, Fire 
Department and Highway Departments for their continued help and coop- 
eration, which has made our event possible and a huge success. We feel 
fortunate to have so many residents support our efforts and thank all those 
who give so freely of their time and talents for this once a year event. 


Chairman Linda Harrington 

Treasurer Ellen Donovan 

Iris Larssen 

Donna Ready 

Jay Cahill 

Rick Ferullo 

Mary Bennett 

Kathy Greenwood 

Jim Young 

Celebrations Committee 

Walter R. Hedlund 

The 38 th Annual Fourth of July Celebrations were held in conjuction 
with the Town's 350th Anniversary on Friday, July 1st and Satur- 
day, July 2nd. 

Thanks to the Chelmsford Lions Club for their 19th year of the 
Annual Country Fair at Center Common, also a Laser Show Friday 
evening, the 350th Anniversary Parade Committe, Chelmsford Com- 
munity Band, Chelmsford Art Society, Rotary Club and many other 
volunteer organizations. 

We are grateful for the efforts and assistance of the Department 
Heads and personnel of the Highway Department, Parks, Police, 
Fire. Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager. 

A special thanks to the Chelmsford Police Auxiliary and Explorers 
Troop for their many volunteer hours. 

Walter R. Hedlund, Chairman 
James Gifford 
Robert Kelley 
David Malderosian 

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Page 30 

Committee Descriptions 




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Art and Technology Education Fund (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Terms Begin: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The committee works to provide supplemental 

funding to support educational initiatives and 

projects that enhance the curriculum of the 

Chelmsford Public Schools. 

Board of Health (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board works to protect the public health of the 

residents. It also has administrative, planning, and 

policy responsibility for health functions of the 

Board of Health Office. 

Board of Registrars (A) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD according to number of 

elections in year 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is in charge of administering the town 

census, voters' registration, and elections. 

Board of Selectmen (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is the Town's body of chief elected 

officials. The powers and duties include 

appointing the Town Manager and many 

committees, issuing certain licenses, enforcing 

special sections of the by-laws, and regulating the 

public ways. 

Capital Planning Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Committee studies proposed capital outlay, 

declares rules and regulations, makes 

investigations, and holds public hearings as it 

deems appropriate. 

Cemetery Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: 6 per year 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission plans, operates, and maintains 

the six Town cemeteries as attractive, dignified, 

and appropriate public burial grounds. Commission 

on Disabilities (A) 

Members: 10 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission works to deal with all disability 

issues and provide information, referral, guidance, 

coordination, and technical assistance to other 

public agencies and private persons, 

organizations, and institutions engaged in 

activities and programs intended to eliminate 

prejudice and discrimination against persons with 


Conservation Commission (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 2 per Month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The commission is responsible for ensuring 

protection of wetlands and acquiring, managing, 

and maintaining over 750 acres of conservation 

and Town Forest Land. 

Cultural Council (A) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Council provides public funding for the arts, 

humanities, and interpretive sciences by granting 

funds to individuals and organizations in the 

community. Its duties also include soliciting 

community input and assessing local cultural 


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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Committee Descriptions 

Finance Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per week (Sep to May) 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee meets with each Town Department 

head, considers the merits of the individual budget 

in terms of the Town's total needs and the limits of 

the total monies available, and prepares the final 

budget recommendations for the Annual Town 


Historical Commission (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission works to promote the 

preservation, promotion, and development of the 

historical assets of the Town. It conducts research 

to identify places of historical value and actively 

urges other alternatives before destroying a 

historically important building or site. 

Historic District Commission (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission works to preserve and protect the 

buildings and places within the Chelmsford Center 

Historic District. 

Housing Authority (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: TBD 

Length of Term: 5 Years 

The Housing Authority works to provide an 

adequate supply of low and moderate income 

housing for Town Residents. 

Middlesex Canal Commission (A) 

Members: 1 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Commission works to maintain the Middlesex 

Canal Heritage Park and to inform, inspire, and 

draw the public to this nationally significant 


Personnel Board (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Personnel Board works in conjunction with the 

Town Manager in developing Personnel Rules and 

Regulations and the classification and 

compensation system of the town. 

Planning Board (E) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is the regulatory agency most 

responsible for ensuring that development occurs 

in a manner that is beneficial to the Town. It 

enforces several acts and reviews all subdivisions, 

site plans, and the creation of lots on existing 


Recycling Committee (A) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: TBD 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee works to reduce solid waste 

disposal costs by decreasing the quantity of solid 

waste disposed and increasing the quantity of 

recyclables collected. The committee also works to 

increase the number of recycling participants. 

School Committee (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: TBD 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee has general charge of the public 

schools of the Town. The powers include appointing a 

superintendent and all other officers and employees 

of the school, and making rules and regulations. 

Sewer Commission (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission's objective is to supervise, 

manage, and control the construction of sewer 

lines in town. It also works to complete the 

sewering program that the residents of Chelmsford 

voted for in 1 995. 

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Page 32 

Committee Descriptions 

Sign Advisory Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee reviews and comments on sign 

permits and applications for other special permits. 

Telecommunications Advisory Committee (A) 

Members: 4 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee monitors the terms and conditions 

of the current cable contract. The members also 

work to assist in the licensing of additional cable 

service providers to enhance the service options 

available to the residents. 

Town Celebration Committee/4 th ofJuly 
Committee (A) 

Members: 5 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 1 Year 

The Committee plans and carries out the annual 

three-day Fourth of July celebration in Chelmsford. 

Town Meeting Representatives (E) 

Members: 162 

Average Meetings: 2 Town Meetings & as needed 

Terms Begin: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The representatives work to keep abreast of town 

business and review materials forwarded to 

members by the Board of Selectmen and the Town 


Veterans Emergency Fund Committee (A) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee works to provide WWII veterans 

with financial need in the form of material grants 

for food, housing, utilities, etc. 

Water (Chelmsford Center) Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of the 

Center District and regulates the bylaws as it 

deems necessary . 

Water (North) Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of 

North Chelmsford and regulates the bylaws as it 

deems necessary 

Water (East) Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of East 

Chelmsford and regulates the bylaws as it deems 


Zoning Board of Appeals (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The board hears petitions and applications for 

variances, special permits, comprehensive 

permits, and several other appeals. The Board also 

decides, upon appeal, the application of the 

zoning, subdivision, sign, and building bylaws. 

You can volunteer your time 

as a town official: 

Contact the Town Clerk's Office 

or the Town Manager's Office 

for more information: 

Town of Chelmsford 

50 Billerica Road 

Chelmsford, MA 01824-2777 

(978) 250-5201 

Fax: (978) 250-5252 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 



To wn Meeting Representatives 

TJte Legislative body of the 
Town of Chelmsford is a 
Representative Town Meeting 
consisting of 162 elected 
representatives from 9 
precincts. Representatives are 
elected for a three-year term. 
Following is a listing of all 
Town Meeting Representatives 
as of the April 2005 election 
with the year indicating when 
their terms expire. 



Elizabeth A. McCarthy. 48BartlettSt 

Marian D. Currier 181 Littleton Rd #404 

William E. Spence 91 Billerica Rd 

Cynthia J. Kaplan 22 Bartlett St 

Karenl.Kowalski 18CarterDr 

Ann B. McGuigan 5 Anns Way 


Brad M. Morgan 2 Chatham Rd 

Nancy H. Robinson 45 Billerica Rd 

Kathryn Brough 14 High St 

Barry B. Balan 54 Boston Rd 

Peggy Dunn 2 Bridge St 

Kathleen A. Tubridy. 45 High St 


Samuel RChase 5 Rivermeadow Dr 

Stephanie J. Levell 189 Acton Rd 

James P Lynch 189 Acton Rd 

Frances T. McDougall 1 1 Dawn Dr 

Michael N. Raisbeck 85 High St 

Laura C. McGuigan 9 Brush Hill Rd 


Anthony V. Volpe 

Robert P. Joyce 

Ruth E. Luna 



Bruce J. Harper Sr 9 Harvard St 

Mary Jo Welch 31 Kennedy Dr 

George L. Merrill 108 Dunstable Rd 

Patricia E. Kahl 47 Gay St 

Thomas F. Shea 32 Ripley St 

Kevin A. Goddu 402 Wellman Ave 


Terence M. O'Neil 873 Wellman Ave 

Linda H. Dalton 12 Dartmouth St 

M. Janice Spence 816 Wellman Ave 

Phyllis H. Clark 1 1 Sharon Ave 

Francis M. Conlin 14 John St 

John R. Scott 34 Ripley St 

William F. Dalton 12 Dartmouth St 

Janet E.. Murphy. 348 Wellman Ave 

Jeffrey Stallard 103Tyngsboro Rd 

Stanley W. Norkunas 58 Church St 

John W.Thompson 14 Arbor Rd 

Charles D. Mullen 65 Newfield St348 



John P. Emerson, Jr 8 Loiselle Ln 

Michael F. McCall 151 Main St 

D. Lorraine Lambert 91 Main St 

Thomas E. Moran 19 Dennison Rd 

Michael F. Curran 58 Crooked Spring Rd 

George R. Dixon, Jr 15 Edgelawn Ave 


Robert M. Lea vitt 18 Main St 

Jodie L. Murphy. 70 Jordan Rd 

David W. Hadley 40 Campers Trail 

H. Steve Flynn 13 Dayton St 

Carol W.Merriam 8LovettLn 

Nancy J. Knight 29 Stonehill Rd 


James F. Dolan, II 37 Drexel Dr 

Harold I. Matzkin E24 Scotty Hollow Dr 

James P. Spiller 96 Meadowbrook Rd 

Alan N. Cote 12 Doral Dr 

Christopher T Garrahan III 4 Maynard Circle 

Judith A. Straeffer 5 Barry Dr 


Scott E. Johnson 5 Mission Rd #306 

Brian P. Latina 15 Jessie Rd 

John G. Coppinger 20 Ansie Rd 

Henry A. Houle 1 Pearson St 

MarleneCote 28SpragueAve 

Joel M. Karp 8 Derringer Rd 


Cathleen H. Latina 15 Jessie Rd 

Daniel J. Sullivan, III 4 Shedd Lane 

Helen A. Manahan 26 Muriel Rd 

Raymonde R. Legrand 20 Oak Knoll Ave 

Robert O. Gardner 4 McFarlin Rd 

James H. Comeau...29 Robert Bigelow St 


George A. Ripsom, Sr 33 Porter Rd 

Dennis P. Sheehan 61 Moore St 

Sheila E. Pichette 26 Shedd Ln 

Linda A. Jones 242 Riveneck Rd 

Billy L. Martin 9 Vincent St 

Elizabeth M. Ripsom 33 Porter Rd 



Mary C. Amirault 360 Littleton Rd B4 

Stacey Wojtas 126 Proctor Rd 

Jon H. Kurland 17 Mansfield Dr 

Cheryl M. Perkins 10WarwickDr 

Evelyn S. Thoren 18 Pinewood Rd 

Glenn R. Thoren 18 Pinewood Rd 


Philip M. Eliopoulos 161 Proctor Rd 

Susan Carter Sullivan. .16 Country Club Dr 

Carol A. Kelly-Suleski 8 Buttercup Ln 

Charles Wojtas 24 Elm St 

Dean Carmeris 20 Higate Rd 

Beverly A. Barrett 3DelphaLn 


W. Allen Thomas, Jr 374 Littleton Rd 

Kathryn A. Torres 77 Hunt Rd 

Judith A. Tavano 7 Lambda Ln 

Patricia Wojtas 24 Elm St 

Chris L. Perkins 10 Warwick Dr 

David P. McLaughlin 110 Garrison Rd 

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Page 34 



To wn Meeting Representatives 





John P. Kivlan 123 Dalton Rd 

Alexander E. Buck 6 Bellevue St 

Mary E. Frantz 34 Miland Ave 

Howard J. Hall 5 Hillcrest Dr 

Ralph M.Nebalski 10 Sunset Ave 

Norman J. Aubert, Jr 14 Hidden Way 


Susan Kupor McHugh 63 Dalton Rd 

Janet G. Dubner 46 Dalton Rd 

Pamela H. McKenna..60 Hornbeam Hill Rd 

Nancy W. Kaelin 22 Fairbanks Rd 

Donald F. VanDyne 29 Brentwood Rd 

Edmund N. Roux 4 Wiggin St 


Judith A. Olsson 8 Scott Dr 

David J. McLachlan 51 Brentwood Rd 

Glenn L. Doherty 8 Hillcrest Dr 

Stuart G. Weisfeldt 8 Leitrim Ln 

Marianne J. Paresky 10 Smith St 

M. Elizabeth Marshall 16 Colonial Dr 


Angelo J. Taranto 8 Charlemont Ct 

Walter A. Cleven 4 Arbutus Ave 

Dennis J. Ready. 16 Parkhurst Rd 

William C. Curry. 15 Overlook Dr 

Jennifer C. Connor 2 Sycamore St 

Gail T. Zaharoolis 191 Princeton St 


Karen M. DeDonato 4 ArchambaultWay 

Christine H. Walsh 17 Old Farm Way 

Richard J. Day 6 Merilda Ave 

Rachael A. Haded 6 Sycamore St 

Ralph J. Hulslander, Jr 74 Smith St 

S. George Zaharoolis 191 Princeton St 


Carol C. Cleven 4ArbutusAve 

Jodi L. O'Neill 12 Walnut Rd 

Alexander W. Gervais 5 Arbutus Ave 

Mary E. Tiano 1 Spruce St 

Samuel Poulten 16 Berkeley Dr 

John E.Abbott 384 North Rd 


Susan B. Graves 17 Clarissa Rd 

John G. Harrington 149 Boston Rd 

James L. Hickey 104 Kristin Dr Ext 

Teresa S.Conrad 5 Nadine Rd 

Leonard E. Westgate 7 Wildes Rd 

Will L. Perry. 42 Concord Rd 


Robert P. Mackey. 47 Old Stage Rd 

Barry K. Hamill 55 Clarissa Rd 

Francis J. Barre 3 Sandra Dr 

Donald Philip-S. Elias 28 Regina Dr 

Ednah C. Copenhaver 2 Waco Circle 

James W. Young 39 Cambridge St 


John M.Shaw, Jr 2 Peders PI 

Doris M. Briggs 26 Clarissa Rd 

Arthur Carmen 6 Howard Rd 

J. Stephen Clark 11 Smokerise Dr 

Matthew X. O'Brien 21 Regina Dr 

Gary A. Mathews 19 Clarissa Rd 



Pamela L. Armstrong 15 Amble Rd 

Stratos G.Dukakis 10 Galloway RD 

Peter Dulchinos 17 Spaulding Rd 

Joyce E. Johnson 8 Cliff Rd 

Clare L. Jeannotte 3 Hawthorne LN 

Paul F. Gleason 30 Pine Hill Rd 


Kevin E. Porter 48 Abbott Lane 

Bernard A. Ready. 31 Clover Hill Dr 

Leonard W. Doolan, III 52 Amble Rd 

John S. Goffin 19 Cathy Rd 

R. Kenley Freeman 67 Amble Rd 

Linda J. Fall 25 Littleton Rd #10-1 1 1 


Katherine H. Duffett 47 Thomas Dr 

Gail F. McCall 8 Chestnut Hill Rd 

Dwight M. Hayward 59 Amble Rd 

Thomas E. Mills 21 Wagontrail Rd 

Joan D. Morrison 85 Westford St 

Thomas R. Fall 225 Littleton Rd #10-1 1 1 


Deborah Villano 


Mary A. Gregoire 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 



Elected Official 

Chelmsford Elected Officials 
As of April 5, 2005 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Jean R. McCaffery, Chairman 
201 Old Westford Rd 


Gerald L. Hardy 
1 1 Meehan Drive 


Peter S. Pedulla 
31 Brentwood Rd 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


William E. Spence 
91 Billerica Road 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Ann Marie Roark 
9 Natalie Rd 


Earnest Wu 
255 North Rd #28 


Peter Dulchinos 
17 Spaulding Rd 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Dennis E. McHugh 

63 Dalton Rd 

2 Chelmsford Street (office) 


(5 yr Term - elected) 


Leonard E. Westgate 
7 Wildes Rd 


Gail F. Hunter 
8 Buckman Dr, 256-4058 


Mary E. St. Hilaire 
212 Dalton Rd 


Denise Marcaurelle 
7 Whippletree Rd 


Andrea MacMillan (Govnr Appt) 
28 Warren Ave 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Carol L. Sneden 
4 Laredo Dr 


Linda K. Hubbard (Appt 7/04) 
7 Ranch Rd 


Patricia Wojtas 
24 Elm St 


Steven PL. Maloney 
10 King St 


Margaret E. Marshall 
2 Draycoach Drive 


Elizabeth A. McCarthy 
48 Bartlett Street 


Eric G. Groves 
2 Wedgewood Dr 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 36 

To wn Government 

Elected Officials 


(3 yr Term - elected) 
(Alternate elected 2 yr term) 


Pamela Armstrong 
15 Amble Rd 

James P. Good, Chairman 
4 Burning Tree Lane 


Robert P. Joyce 
103 Turnpike Rd 


Charles Wojtas 
24 Elm Street 


Susan C Sullivan 
16 Country Club Dr. 


Robert C. Morse 
45 Clarissa Road 


Ann B. McGuigan 
5 Anns Way, 


S. George Zaharoolis, Alternate 
191 Princeton St 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Angelo J. Taranto 
8 Charlemont Ct 


Katherine H. Duffett 
47 Thomas Dr 


Thomas E. Mills 
21 Wagontrail Road 


Kevin E. Porter 
48 Abbott Ln, 250-7478 


Evelyn S. Thoren 
18 Pinewood Road 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Philip M. Eliopoulos, Chairman 
161 Proctor Rd 


William F. Dalton, Vice Chairman 

12 Dartmouth Street 


Thomas A. Newcomb 
9 Clarissa Rd 


Michael F. McCall, Clerk 
151 Main Street 


Samuel P. Chase 
5 Rivermeadow Dr 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


John F. Souza 
123 Stedman Street 


Richard J. Day 
6 Merilda Avenue 


George F. Abely 
87 Swain Road 


John P. Emerson, Jr. 
8 Loiselle Lane 


Barry B. Balan 
54 Boston Road #10 

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2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 



Appointed Orricials 





Bernard F. Lynch 


Elizabeth L. Delaney 


Kerry A. Speidel 


Sheryl L. Wright 


Francis Reen 

Diane Philips 


Anthony F. Zagzoug 


James E. Pearson 


Raymond G. McCusker Jr 


John E. Parow 


Jon Kurland, Chr 

David Turocy, V, Chr 

John C. Thibault 

Dwight M. Hayward 

Mary E. Frantz 

William D. Fulton 

Derek Donegan 

Samuel P. Chase, resigned 4-8-05 

2005 Annual Report, Town of Chelmsford 

Page 38 


To wn Directory 

3 1480 00942 9728 


Accounting 250-5215 

Assessor 250-5220 

Board of Appeals 250-5231 

Building Inspector 250-5225 

Cemetery 250-5245 

Clerk, Town 250-5205 

Community Development 250-5231 

Conservation Commission 250-5247 

Council on Aging / Senior Center 251-0533 

Dog Officer 256-0754 

Engineers, Public Works 250-5228 

Fire Department 256-2541 

All Other Fire Business 250-5267 

Gas Inspector 250-5225 

Health Department 250-5241 

Highway Department 250-5270 

Highway Department Garage 250-5271 

Housing Authority 256-7425 

Libraries: Adams 256-5521 

McKay 251-3212 

Municipal Facilities 244-3379 

Personnel 250-5288 

Planning Board 250-5231 

Plumbing Inspector 250-5225 

Police Department 256-2521 

Public Works 250-5228 

Recreation Commission 250-5262 

Recycling Office 250-5203 

School Administration 251-5100 

Selectmen 250-5201 

Senior Center 251-0533 

Sewer Commission 250-5233 

Town Clerk 250-5205 

Town Engineer/ Dir. Public Works 250-5228 

Town Manager 250-5201 

Treasurer/Tax Collector 250-5210 

Veterans' Agent 250-5238 

Waste/Recycling 250-5203 


Cable TV/ComCast 888-663-4266 

Cable Local Access/ 

Chelmsford TeleMedia Corp 978-251-5143 

Chelmsford Water Districts: 

Center District 978-256-2381 

East District 978-453-0121 

North District 978-251-3931 

Citizen Info Service (Sec. of State) 800-392-6090 

Chelmsford Forum Ice Skating Rink 978-670-3700 

KeyspanGas 800-548-8000 

Massachusetts Electric 800-322-3223 

Post Office (Center Chelmsford) 978-256-2670 

Post Office (North Chelmsford) 978-251-3146 

Registry of Motor Vehicles 800-858-3926 

Trash— Russell Disposal 888-870-8882 

Verizon Phone Service 800-870-9999 

U.S. Senator John Kerry 617-223-2742 

U.S. Senator Edward M.Kennedy 617-223-2826 

U.S. Congressman Martin Meehan 978-459-0101 

State Senator Susan Fargo 617-722-1572 

State Representatives: 

Representative Cory Atkins 617-722-2040 

(Precincts 1,9) 

Representative Thomas A. Golden Jr 617-722-2575 

(Precincts 2,6,8) 

Representative Geoffrey D. Hall 617-722-2320 

(Precincts 3,5,7) 

Representative David Nangle 617-722-2230 

(Precinct 4) 


For more information, visit the town's website at: 

For State Government Information: 





The Town of Chelmsford 
strives to be a fiscally 
stable urban communiti) 
providing the residents 
and businesses with a 
clean environment and 
a high quality of living. 

The Town will plan, construct 
and maintain all public 
facilities or public works 

for the health, safety, and 
welfare of all persons. 

The Town strives to offer 
an equitable tax structure 
to residents and businesses 

The Town places a high 
value on the educational 
cu rricu I u m . 

Th e Town will foster an 
atmosphere conducive \ 
the development and promotion T" 
of cultural , recreational , 
and educational opportunities 
to all the residents of 

the community. ^Lr- 

Town of Chelmsford 

50 Billerica Road 

Chelmsford, MA 01824 

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